Humans are forgetful; we need calendar reminders, notepads, schedules, and assistants. But the co-creator of Siri, Apple's digital assistant, says artificial intelligence technology could make forgetting an archaic problem of the past.
Tom Gruber, the AI guru and Siri co-creator, believes that AI technology could help improve human's shortcomings. During the TED 2017 conference on Tuesday, Gruber said it is inevitable that once artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence, the technology will be used to enhance human cognition and memory.
"What if you could have a memory that was as good as computer memory and is about your life?" Gruber asked the audience, as Recode reports. "What if you could remember every person you ever met? How to pronounce their name? Their family details? Their favorite sports? The last conversation you had with them?"
Gruber said he didn't know what the form would be, but AI technology will help you store memories and experiences much as computers store data with instant recall.
Security and control over your memories, and everything else in your head, however, would be incredibly important. (Imagine the civil rights and privacy issues that will be created if a company enhances and stores your memories.)
"We get to choose what is and is not recalled and retained," said Gruber. "It's absolutely essential that this be kept very secure."
Never forgetting where you parked your car would be useful and studying for tests would be easy, but Gruber said he believes the technology could benefit people who suffer from Alzheimer's and dementia.