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Their repetitive teaching process used a technique called “spaced repetition,” the process of periodic quizzes, reviews and additions of new information that’s familiar to anyone who’s ever taken a foreign language class. By the end of the process, 94 percent of the users could type their password or passphrase from memory. Though they had to log in 90 times to finish the tests, the subjects could type their password or passphrase without any prompting after a median of 36 tries. Three days later, 88 percent still recalled it, and only 21 percent said that they had written it down. One subject told the researchers that “the words are branded into my brain.”

How to Teach Humans to Remember Really Complex Passwords | Threat Level | WIRED

The device will be able to “bridge the gaps that interfere with a person’s memory functions and effectively restore their abilities.” The chip would, effectively, become a neural prosthesis. Justin Sanchez, DARPA program manager, issued this statement, “The start of the Restoring Active Memory program marks an exciting opportunity to reveal many new aspects of human memory and learn about the brain in ways that were never before possible. Anyone who has witnessed the effects of memory loss in another person knows its toll and how few options are available to treat it. We’re going to apply the knowledge and understanding gained in RAM to develop new options for treatment through technology.”

Pentagon Well On Their Way to Building a Human Memory Chip - The Wire

Google engineers overnight updated the company’s technical infrastructure to begin implementing the removals, and Thursday began sending the first emails to individuals informing them that links they had requested were being taken down. The company has hired a dedicated “removals team” to evaluate each request, though only a small number of the initial wave of takedown requests has so far been processed.

Google Starts Removing Search Results Under Europe’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ - WSJ

As formulated by the court, the “right to be forgotten” represents a break from foundational understandings of protections for individual reputation and privacy. Unlike the well-established prohibition on defamation, or newer doctrine that sanctions placing an individual in a false light, the ruling holds that information may be removed from search engines even if it is completely true. And in a marked departure from common understandings of privacy and due process, information may be scrubbed without a showing that its publication harms the complainant in any way. Instead of placing the burden on those who wish to remove facts about themselves from the stream of history, search companies and the general public will now be required to demonstrate that information has not become “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive” to the purpose for which it was collected, “in the light of the time that has elapsed.” According to the opinion, the “right to be forgotten” overrides, as a rule, the rights of search engine companies to operate and “the interest of the general public” in finding information about a person. Given the potential for abuse posed by the court’s ruling, it is small wonder that a number of commentators have called the ruling “Orwellian.” But in contrast with the brutal intent of Orwell’s nightmare government, the European court’s ruling attempts — albeit unsuccessfully — to address a legitimate concern of the digital age: How do individuals who have not sought out publicity prevent themselves from becoming the subjects of some form of unwanted gaze, oftentimes without cause? And, more broadly, does the Internet’s persistent archiving of facts overwhelm individuals’ privacy interests, to the point where no aspect of one’s life is immune from permanent examination?

EU ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Ruling Will Corrupt History | Mediashift | PBS

Within 24 hours of putting the form online, Google had reportedly received 12,000 deletion requests — and by Monday, that figure had risen to 41,000, according to a source at the company.

Google has received over 41,000 requests to ‘forget’ personal information | ITworld

Do we really want to live in a world where every bit of information is as timeless as every other bit of information, and context has been forgotten?” said Hilary Mason, a data scientist in residence at Accel, the venture capital firm. “The answer is probably not.” “But there is no way it could be just a regulatory or technical fix,” she added. “I actually think it’s a cultural fix in the sense that we really need to figure out what world we want to live in and then figure out how to build the systems to support that.

It’s Not as Simple as Asking to ‘Be Forgotten’ by Google -

I think that the problem is that people are giving away being in the moment," she says. Those parents at the park taking all those photos are actually paying less attention to the moment, she says, because they’re focused on the act of taking the photo. "Then they’ve got a thousand photos, and then they just dump the photos somewhere and don’t really look at them very much, ‘cause it’s too difficult to tag them and organize them," she says. "That seems to me to be a kind of loss.

Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories : NPR

If you thought your life was over when you hit 30 or 40, then bad news - it may have happened much earlier. Most people have enjoyed the best memories of their life by the age of 25, according to new research. A survey of retired people found the life changing highlights etched on their brains happened before they reached age of 25.

Research finds most people have enjoyed the best memories by 25 | Mail Online

Researchers from UC Irvine have found that people with extraordinarily accurate memory are as vulnerable to the inception of fake memories as others, indicating that perhaps nobody is protected from memory distortion. The study, published last month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on people with highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), who are able to recall highly specific facts about their lives, like what they ate for lunch, going all the way back to their childhood.

Study suggests we’re all susceptible to false memories | The Verge

New law lets teens delete digital skeletons

Remember that dance-party photo you regretted posting online? How about the time you over-shared your feelings about your ex or made that comment about Barack Obama?

All forever etched in the annals of the Internet.

Well, maybe not - at least if you’re under 18.

Legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday will require Web companies, starting in 2015, to remove online activity - whether it be scandalous or simply embarrassing - should a minor request it.

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