Making history : intentional capture of future memories

D. Petrelli, E.A.W.H. Hoven, van den, S. Whittaker

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    Lifelogging' technology makes it possible to amass digital data about every aspect of our everyday lives. Instead of focusing on such technical possibilities, here we investigate the way people compose long-term mnemonic representations of their lives. We asked 10 families to create a time capsule, a collection of objects used to trigger remembering in the distant future. Our results show that contrary to the lifelogging view, people are less interested in exhaustively digitally recording their past than in reconstructing it from carefully selected cues that are often physical objects. Time capsules were highly expressive and personal, many objects were made explicitly for inclusion, however with little object annotation. We use these findings to propose principles for designing technology that supports the active reconstruction of our future past.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009) April 4-9, Boston, USA
    EditorsD.R. Olsen, R.B. Arthur, K. Hinckley, M. Ringel Morris, S.E. Hudson, S. Greenberg
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-246-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event27th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009 - Boston, United States
    Duration: 4 Apr 20099 Apr 2009
    Conference number: 27


    Conference27th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2009
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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