Memories Of

Over my long life I’ve gratefully forgotten many things. Tedious jobs, rivalries, illnesses. Boring commutes, long meetings, calls on hold, blowhard bosses.

It’s funny how memory works. For decades I hated my wife’s cooking. But looking back, I can hardly remember what was so bad about any of those meals. They all blend together. Thousands of bad dinners.

And as for my wife, all I can say is thank God I’ve forgotten a lot about her too.

Yes, losing those memories is a blessing in disguise. But now I’m starting to forget other things. Things I want to remember. Things I never want to forget.

A couple years ago, when I had to admit my memory wasn’t what it once was, I went out and got a neural implant. Nothing crazy – a basic model. I’ll admit – and it’s kind of gross – I saved a little and bought it used.

I had it installed right here, behind my right ear.

I didn’t get it for any of the fancy stuff. Never downloaded a new language, or maps, or job skills, or anything like that. I only wanted it to save my memory. But it isn’t working.

I mean, it is working perfectly for capturing new things. I recall every single detail since I had the implant installed, seemingly right down to the atom.

But it hasn’t brought back any of the old memories. They’re still lost in there, somewhere.

So when I read your ad for VR cognitive training experiments, I thought hey – maybe a good idea. Maybe a bunch of tests will make my brain take to the implant. And then I’ll get my memories back.

For that, it’s worth being a lab rat for a few weeks. It’s even worth running around in VR like a fool.

I will say, I’m curious about the world you’re going to drop me in. And don’t worry – my body is old but healthy. I’m up for anything. Put me on a treadmill. You’ll see.

It would be amazing to get those memories back.

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