ARTS3091, week4 – Global Mnemotechnics

Back in the day, people might rely on their own memory even through painting, printing and writing. Besides, they could recall their memory through own experience, habits, action, etc. However, the introduction of new technologies allows us to improve our memory and also increase mental performance with media technologies. Indeed, we can easily find around us and see how people use new technologies/technique to recall their memories using iPhone, iTunes, Facebook, etc. I also use these media technologies to remember the moment or experience. For an example, I often use my mobile phone to remind me (e.g., shopping list, photos, music, notes, etc) and it is much easier to recall my memory. Additionally, I rely mainly on my laptop to look at my lecture (recalling memories) so I can simply open my word documents to recall things through technical devices – anamnesis and hypomnesis.

According to Chalmers, many forms of technology act as a kind of like an extension for the mind and memory. In particular, archive allows us to conserve more and recall certain memories due to developed modern media technologies. I can own archive function through my and rearrange it. Besides, I collect my photos and videos from iPhone’s album and I post my status such as using Facebook check-in and uploading photos so as to record/reminisce the moments in our everyday lives (Twitter, Apple’s iTunes and Blackboard in this respect) – mnemotechnics like networks and internet. Hence, it facilitates to recall my memories and experiences easily. Indeed, this mnemotechnics (art of memory) shifts in relation to the digitization of mnemotechnologies.

However, its rapid changing of technical development might threaten other new mnemotechnologies to disappear as well as make more development of new technologies. It encourages us to archive our experiences and share them with others in a hyperlocal context. It intervenes in the relationship between the experiencing self and remembering self (Kahneman 2010) and mediates the maintenance of a hyperlocal and global memory. Moreover, Stiegler mentions our growing reliance on technologies that “Now, these cognitive technologies, to which we confide a greater and greater part of our memory, cause us to lose an ever-greater part of our knowledge. To lose a cell phone is to lose the trace of the telephone numbers of our correspondents and to realize that they are no longer in the psychical memory but in the apparatuss’s.” (Stiegler n.d.). It means it might be able to make us forgotten. For instance, we used to preserve relying heavily on libraries and archives whereas in present, it can be recorded using various archival technologies.

The word for blog week #4: experience


Chalmers, D 2009, ‘The Extended Mind Revisited [1/5], at Hong Kong, viewed on 27 March 2013, accessed <>.

Stiegler, B (n.d.), ‘Anamnesis and Hypomnesis: Plato as the first thinker of the proletarianisation’, Ars Industrialis, viewed on 27 March 2013, accessed <>.

TED 2010, Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory, viewed on 27 March 2013, accessed <>.

‘The External Mind’, Wikipedia, viewed on 27 March 2013, accessed <>.


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