November 23rd, 2002, 06:49 AM
Microsoft Creating Virtual Brain
ok guys i saw this while looking around at the news stories and although its true i figured it needed to be in the tech humor section for a few the humor i found in this.
James Maguire, www.NewsFactor.com
Researchers at Microsoft's Media Presence Lab are developing a "virtual brain," a PC-based database that holds a record of an individual's complete life experience. Called MyLifeBits, the project aims to make this database of human memories searchable in the manner of a conventional search engine.
"By 2047, almost all information will be in cyberspace -- including all knowledge and creative works," said one of the project's leaders, Gordon Bell. "The most significant benefit will be a breakthrough in our ability to remotely communicate with one another using all our senses."
To enable this remote communication, Bell's group is developing a technology that he refers to as telepresence. "Telepresence technology provides for both space and time shifting by allowing a user to communicate with other users via text, graphics, voice, video and shared program operation."
The core of the MyLifeBits project is an online PC-based system that holds everything that can be digitally stored about an individual. Microsoft researchers refer to it as a sort of "virtual shoebox" that holds all of a person's e-mail, home movies, meeting details and other memorabilia.
Unlike a real shoebox, say the researchers, MyLifeBits would allow a user to input a keyword like "pet" to see and hear all material relating to a childhood pet.
In effect, MyLifeBits would allow a user to run a Google search on his or her life. The database would be searchable in many ways, including by date, allowing a businessperson to find all communications associated with a given meeting, for instance.
MyLifeBits also would be capable of creating personal narratives by cross-referencing chronological material related to two or more people in an individual's life.
It's All About Me
"It sounds like weblogging run amuck," Aberdeen Group analyst Dana Gardner told NewsFactor, explaining that the current trend toward Internet self-expression sometimes veers toward the obsessive.
Yet Gardner also sees the value of MyLifeBits, especially as a time capsule for future historians.
He noted that there is currently an overcapacity problem in network fiber, storage and processing capability. "We need to find the application that will utilize the infrastructure that's available, and this sounds like a way of doing that," he said.
Microsoft researcher Bell is himself the guinea pig for the prototype system. He is uploading a massive amount of personal memorabilia, from his trips to Alaska to his biking excursions in France. All of his e-mail is stored on the system, as is his passport, all of his work documents, and recordings of all of his phone calls.
Each of his myriad media files is tagged with a verbal or written identifier, allowing them to be cross-linked to other files. His spoken tags are converted into text files to make them searchable.
Bell said he believes that in the future, this process will be streamlined. "We can optimistically assume that by 2010, speech input and output will be ubiquitous and available for every system that has electronics," he said.
Computer Memory - and Security
One of the project's chief logistical hurdles involves developing a cost-effective system with the memory capacity of the human mind.
The Microsoft researchers forecast that within five years, a 1,000 GB hard drive will cost less than $300. While this would provide enough capacity to store up to four hours of video per day for a year, it is still not enough to store all of an individual's experiences.
Ensuring the security of MyLifeBits is also a crucial concern, especially given the sensitive nature of the data to be archived. Because the system would be online, making it "hack proof" would be critical before MyLifeBits could become viable in the mass market.
Microsoft representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Work in Process
Jim Gemmell, one of the project's other leaders, described some of the problems with creating this vast archive. "Indexing and retrieval of photographs and video clips can be a headache," he said.
However, Gemmell added, "When it gets too frustrating to find something, you can always watch some of some classic movies you've captured from DVDs."
yea, right uh huh, a brain created by mr Frankenstien himself, hopefully bill gates gets in on this so he can watch the time he said 1024k of memorey should be enough for anyone (lets soo you run XP on THAT) or he can look up "stupid decisions" and read about the reliability and security of windows ME. and i can only imagine how much theyd charge for this service, lol and then every couple of memoreys youd have to pay extra or allow microsoft to look threw your memoreys for there marketing team, lol i honestly dont think this would go over to good, can you imagine a system crash for this? lolololol all youd see on the screen would be:
HELP ME HELP ME HELP ME IM HEMMRIDGING(SP?) for all you microsoft haters out there i think now would be a good time to think to yourself hw you alreay thought they gave you head aches... lol it would be cheaper to buy a human brain and hook it upin a spare body lolololol (sorry had a long day at work today)
November 23rd, 2002, 06:59 AM
well, i certainly do hope this is an entire falsehood.
as neat as this might be, it would only make it about a trillion times easier for someone to steal your life. as dissatisfied as i am with my life at times, i'm sure it's quite a bit better than not having any at all.
i will shoot you so hard.
November 23rd, 2002, 07:02 AM
well, its true, the story is on yahoo but i wanted it to be shown to you nice people, and you are very right, iv been upset before but its better than not having a life at all.
November 23rd, 2002, 07:14 AM
Oh that media thing would be from all the info their software reports to home like media player, they say were will not sell it just used to improve customer relations. Anyway any media you have put in your computer disk drive be it music or movies M$ reported home unless you did not let it. Just more marketing fluff for M$, they do not invent anything, they buy or license it and then marketing and Bill and Steve make you think they invented it. Gawd help Us All as M$ brain...how much will it cost to turn the mind on? I'm not paying
I believe that one of the characteristics of the human race - possibly the one that is primarily responsible for its course of evolution - is that it has grown by creatively responding to failure.- Glen Seaborg
November 23rd, 2002, 08:22 AM
if this gets implemented, what will end up happening is that people will have to end up pirating their own brains, then all hell will break loose in a long bout of anarchy, then we'll end up back in the stone age, but with the schematics on how to make the wonders of the "future", such as the legendary 386.
i will shoot you so hard.
November 23rd, 2002, 10:21 AM
this is true, it's been in the news lately.
they say "america will have another revolution"
November 23rd, 2002, 09:50 PM