In the future of memorySpeculative Design
In the near future, people will sell their memories in order to be remembered.
In 2005, Kryder’s law suggested that disk storage density is growing, making storage space larger and cheaper. But in 2014 it started to slow down. In the future, suppliers of storage will be able to charge you for storage space.
This Tuesday, Amazon Web Services had a 5 hour outage. Websites and their backend storage as well as apps and internet of things gadgets that relied on it were forced offline. Some you may know are, Nest, GitHub, Medium, Slack, Adobe’s cloud, Expedia etc. Even Amazon was unable to update its own online public dashboard to warn users about the outage.
This only proves, the cloud and the internet has its limits.
Films like Strange Days and Black Mirror, in the Entire History of You episode, deals with the idea of turning digital recordings of people’s thoughts and experiences and memories into chips embedded in the brain. This idea of transferring and sharing memory is not a new one for science fiction.
In a context of desperation, people may resort to extreme solutions. Afghan boy suicide bombers are brainwashed into believing that they would not die and their families would get paid.
Similarly, poor people in the future will record dangerous and deadly memories as enjoyment for the rich but it’s also a way to be remembered forever.
We’ve already seen extreme entertainment such as the cinnamon challenge going viral it’s only a matter of time before people are creating exciting content for memories so they can be sold at a higher rate.
In the next 1.5weeks of being in the LCC Studio space, I want to investigate what the exchange of memories will look like in the future where anyone with enough money can live a day in the life of someone else as an actual experience.
Today, I tried to use a few materials and containers to create diegetic prototypes and to make my concept of the memory more tangible. To think about how memory will be consumed, I need to materialize it first.