The Curated Self
With people constantly adding to, tinkering with, amending, reinventing and fragmenting the components that constitute their identity in digital terms (think everything from individual tweets to Instagram photos), they themselves are becoming curators of how their ‘virtual self’ appears to the world.
it’s almost as if people are able to control the path and character development of the protagonist in the narrative of their own lives. Human beings always love a good story, we always have done, and being able to steer the main character (think of each tweet, shared photo, blog entry etc as a new sentence, paragraph or plot twist that drives the narrative further forward) is irresistible.
Robert Louis Stevenson once said: “There is but one art – to omit”.
Scientists Are Convinced Mind Transfer Is the Key to Immortality
“Call it mind transfer, uploading, brain backup, whatever-the idea of copying the human brain to a computer so it can live on without the body has a strong hold on futurists, neuroscientists, and folks that just want to live forever.”
Mind-reading Technology Speeds Ahead (Scientific American)
“Jack Gallant perches on the edge of a swivel chair in his lab at the University of California, Berkeley, fixated on the screen of a computer that is trying to decode someone’s thoughts.”