Big Picture Science Radio Show: Forget to Remember

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Forget to RememberYou must not remember this. Indeed, it may be key to having a healthy brain. Our gray matter evolved to forget things; otherwise we’d have the images of every face we saw on the subway rattling around our head all day long. Yet we’re building computers with the capacity to remember everything. Everything! And we might one day hook these devices to our brains.

Find out what’s it’s like – and whether it’s desirable – to live in a world of total recall. Plus, the quest for cognitive computers, and how to shake that catchy – but annoying – jingle that plays in your head over and over and over and …

Guests:

  • Ramamoorthy Ramesh – Materials physicist, deputy director of science and technology, Oakridge National Lab
  • Michael Anderson – Neuroscientist, Memory Control Lab, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.
  • Ira Hyman – Psychologist at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington
  • James McGaugh – Neurobiologist, University of California, Irvine
  • Larry Smarr – Professor of computer science, University of California, San Diego; director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)