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When We are No More
Author: Abby Smith Rumsey

ISBN: 9781620408025
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 19 September 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.5
Description:
What is the future of the forty-thousand year old project of human memory?

Our memory gives the human species a unique evolutionary advantage. Our stories, ideas, and innovations--in a word, our culture--can be recorded and passed on to future generations. Our enduring culture and restless curiosity have enabled us to invent powerful information technologies that give us invaluable perspective on our past and define our future. Today, we stand at the very edge of a vast, uncharted digital landscape, where our collective memory is stored in ephemeral bits and bytes and lives in air-conditioned server rooms. What sources will historians turn to in 100, let alone 1,000 years to understand our own time if all of our memory lives in digital codes that may no longer be decipherable?

In When We Are No More Abby Smith Rumsey explores human memory from pre-history to the present to shed light on the grand challenge facing our world--the abundance of information and scarcity of human attention. Tracing the story from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls, to movable type, books, and the birth of the Library of C...

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