1. The human need to tell stories (sharing insights)
2. The human need for relationships.
3. The human need to feel like we have contributed to society and that all our choices were worthwhile.
4. We continue to offload onto tools or 'ambient intelligence'. We have done this for generations. From stone tools to the present computers.
'Ambient intelligence' seems inevitable and it makes sense to work with it.
In our ever-changing world - that seems to be folding into itself, where human memory tends to fade much faster than a machine - I imagine a future where we can, use ambient intelligence and its recordings to pass on our insightful human learnings onto the younger future.
As of now, imagine yourself, in a hospital bed or nursing home with plenty of time to kill. You have limited movement and there isn't much to do.
Now imagine you have some sort of device or environment that can trigger memory. With it you are able to explore all the stories and data of your life so far. You can explore and be reminded of the near past. You laugh, you cry. You share with yourself and others (nurses, bedmates, your grandson). You uncover insights and are able to share these potent findings to better shape the world. You start to feel alive and human again because this satisfies the aforementioned needs. Somebody out there gives a damn about what you have learnt so far in life. Everyone has a story but too many wash away unseen. Especially when in a clinical setting where everything becomes routine and unattached.
I believe for life to iterate, where we can truly feel complete, is when we can somehow loop back into the young future. Ambient intelligence and using its recordings to tell our stories and share our insights is one way of approaching it.
Look at people's timelines (also consider: biographies, autobiographies). What do they reveal?
How does a person who has a timeline to draw from see the world differently from one who is at loss with memory? Why?