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Total Recall: a Personal Information Management System

Wouldn't it be fantastic if a person could easily recall every moment of his or her life? Given that we live in such a technologically advanced society, why should a person ever have to forget what happened, when it was, where it happened, who was there, why it happened, and how he or she felt? If there was a system that could record everything a person sees, hears, and feels, how would that enhance our lives? We have enhanced our eye sight with prescription glasses, our hearing with hearing aids, and our timekeeping ability with watches. Enhancement of personal memories seems to be a natural next step.

The aim for the Total Recall project is to design and develop a personal information management system which will securely collect, store, and disseminate data from a variety of personal sensors. It will also allow customizable searching, analysis, and querying of this data, in a secure manner. Numerous applications of such systems will play an important role in improving people's quality of life.

In general, we believe that the broader impact of this work would be improvements in people's quality of life, including enhancement of memories, enhancement of diminished abilities, prolonged longevity through better health monitoring and timely response, as well as improved education at all levels of the educational system.

For more information, please contact Professor Leana Golubchik.

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