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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