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By the numbers

I remember reading an article around 1994 suggesting the brand new Internet thing could eventually constitute a part of the human mind. I remember it because it suddenly seemed obvious even while sounding far-fetched.


The idea wasn’t that we’d have some kind of cybernetic implant but that we’d simply be able to bring to mind information from the Internet, in whatever way, with the same speed and ease with which we recall it from our own brains.


For me and the work I do, the prediction came true a while ago. I’m hardly conscious anymore of the difference between remembering something and doing a search-click to read it in a few seconds. I do both constantly throughout the day.


Garage work isn’t quite that way for me yet (maybe when virtual reality glasses are common) but it’s heading that way. When I went to check valve clearances, I didn’t think twice about “recalling” a video to step me through it.

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Taken on August 1, 2017