The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling

The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling A journalist in the future explores the advantages and disadvantages of living with the wetware known as Remem Remem monitors your conversation for references to past events and then displays video o

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  • Title: The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling
  • Author: Ted Chiang
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 234
  • Format: ebook
  • A journalist in the future explores the advantages and disadvantages of living with the wetware known as Remem Remem monitors your conversation for references to past events, and then displays video of that event in the lower left corner of your field of vision If you say remember dancing the conga at that wedding , Remem will bring up the video If the person you re tA journalist in the future explores the advantages and disadvantages of living with the wetware known as Remem Remem monitors your conversation for references to past events, and then displays video of that event in the lower left corner of your field of vision If you say remember dancing the conga at that wedding , Remem will bring up the video If the person you re talking to says the last time we were at the beach, Remem will bring up the video The journalist explores his own life through Remem, while looking at how language impacted a tribe in Tivland.

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    1. This was a thought-provoking short story. It is categorized as science-fiction, but really just in the sense that one thread of the story plants the reader at a point in the future. A future where technology has become so pervasive that perhaps you don't need to learn or remember much of anything at all. Sound a bit frightening and perhaps not too far off-track?! This is most definitely a relevant topic in our digital age. A separate narrative takes the reader to a point in the not-too-distant p [...]

    2. Truthful. Shocking. Philosophical. Did not expect it. I was actually quite skeptical about it up to The Twist (more than a half the story in). And then it just shocked me.This short story will make you think about your own life and try to remember your own mistakes. Because it can all apply to you too. Nobody's exempt from this. And you never think about it. You don't even know what you might be hiding from yourself. Humans are very interesting, the way their personalities function. Is there ult [...]

    3. It's short, simple and enjoyable story. I saw a comment that this reminds a tv series called "black mirror" and i completely agree with it. It's about all these new technologies contoling and taking over everyone's decisions in their hands. So when you think about it, it's truly marvelous and scary at the same timed you can read it online : subterraneanpress/magazin

    4. I used to think my memory was reliable. Then I tried to apologize to my younger brother for an act that had bothered me for decades. It probably wasn't actually the worst thing I ever did to him, and I was young enough that it should have been forgivable but still it had nagged at me. I would have been 6 or 7 and he was two years younger. In my memory, I broke the living room window. I convinced him to take the blame, because at his age he wouldn't get in any trouble. I was right; he didn't. But [...]

    5. Very similar to Black Mirror's "The Entire History of You", it uses the same concept of having a piece of technology implanted that records all your life, making it extremely easy to have access to every memory, unaltered. Ted Chiang takes a similar idea but what makes out of it is completely different, offering another view of how such technology would affect individuals.

    6. Repost from my blog.Summary:  What would a perfect memory mean for us and our culture? How changed literacy our subjectivity? A journalist explores the pros and cons of a Cyborgish memory enhancement gadget called Remem which lets you capture, search, and replay every instance of your liveblog. It would bring a change similar to reading and writing for our Western culture, so he writes the story of the savage folk of Tev who slowly learn the impact of written truth versus oral truth. He can't [...]

    7. Got to mull this one.ew to follow.Mull it, I did, and I've written reviews for 800 page novels that were easier than this. This story is complicated, it is a tad frightening, and it is remarkably relevant. If you have ever wondered where technology is going and think it has become too invasive, you will find here your worst fears realized. What is remarkable is that you will, at the same time, get a different view of how useful or harmful this invasion can be. It is a short story. I won't take y [...]

    8. 4.5 stars. I think this was my favorite of all of the Hugo Award nominated stories of 2014 because it surprised me, and made me reconsider my preconceived ideas on the subject. As a person with moderate memory trouble I've already put a small amount of thought into this topic. Like some of the people in the story, I was stuck seeing things as I expected to, which is exactly what Chiang expected. I also thought it was so simply effective because it took just that one element, the memory search an [...]

    9. A fascinating look at human narrative told from the point of view of the future - and the past. The primary narrator is living in some unspecified future time and is examining fcurrent technology that allows everyone to keep a "lifelog"-a vlog that covers their entire lives, soon to start in infancy. A new technology has been developed-Remem-that allows people to search through their memories to verify what is true from what has been misremembered. The narrator discusses a poignant example vis a [...]

    10. A brilliant story about truth, weaved from two parallel plans, one about memories (true vs fabricated), the other about words (written vs spoken). Again Chiang manages to produce a brilliant piece. Not at all a light reading but well worthy of your time.It can be read here: subterraneanpress/magazin

    11. Ted ChiangThe Truth of Fact, the Truth of FeelingSubterranean30 pages8.6Adults will start forgetting the memories of their childhood, or what Freud coined as childhood amnesia, since age 7 and even if they can remember a few things from their past, they cannot recall anything before they're three years old. I, myself, still remember my first memory when I was three years old as vivid as if it'd happened yesterday. The details are too embarrassing to be explained here, but it proves how unreliabl [...]

    12. Superbe writing and fascinating, thought provoking subject(s), masterfully rendered through an alternance between two plans and stories, which are somehow related, even if not directly connected.I have NEVER raised the question of someone not knowing what a word is or how I could explain such a concept to someone - I always considered it an intrinsic concept The same with the fine line between righteousness and truth, or the one between a 'reliable' remembrance and the truthThis just became my f [...]

    13. This novelette was right up my alley - I have a great interest in the idea of writing and how it actually affects the mind, and Chiang does this here by juxtaposing two unconnected stories. The first is about a new technology, "Remem," a sort of futuristic cloud app that will allow everyone to call up memories of everything they have ever experienced, at any time. The author explores how this will affect people's entire life experiences when their memories are now subject to constant auditing, i [...]

    14. With The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling, Ted Chiang has hit one of my thematic sweet spots by writing a story about memory. The novelette is divided into two storylines. One tells about a reporter encountering, with much trepidation, a new type of technology that will basically replace out natural human memory. The second tells a historical account of a young man living in Tivland, encountering the written word for the first time. These two elements may sound different, but they're actually [...]

    15. "We don't normally think of it as such, but writing is a technology"Plot 1:Have you noticed when a child in your family is suffering from an issue, all what will occupy your mind is how to help that child! If you are a caring person you will do whatever it takes to find the solution. In this short story; Nicole has a problem with spelling, but she can read the words so the father removes all kind of software’s and unnecessary materials and provides her a keyboard. Plot 2:Think before you talk. [...]

    16. Hugo novelette nominee. I have one more to read in this category but it will have to be very good to knock this book out of the top spot.Not a story as such, it is written as an academic paper switching between the current time period and the 1940's when Tivland was discovered by the Europeans.In the current time frame the author discusses the implications of a new type of software, Remem which is basically an advanced search engine for use in retrieving information from personal lifelogs. Lifel [...]

    17. This story was sooooo good!I'm very interested in the lifelogging movement. I follow it in blogs. I follow the various technology companies. I even own some lifelogging devices. The devices that exist today are nothing compared to the Remem device depicted in this story, but that's what makes it science fiction.As a person who spends countless hours tagging photos and videos to make them searchable, the technology described in this book made me very excited. But, of course, as technology always [...]

    18. Almost more an essay than a story; this is Chiang's thoughtful response to those who bemoan the advent of new technologies, saying that the advent of the Internet and data storage means that we don't rely on our memories the way we used to.Chiang posits a near-future analog of our scenario: a new technology called Remem which 'hyperlinks' recordings from our 'lifelogs' whenever we query it, or whenever an appropriate moment arises. The tech may mean that, with constant access to the 'truth' of o [...]

    19. This is definitely the story I'm putting at the top of my Hugo ballot. Both in terms of writing and having something to say, it blows away everything else nominated. The Voxxy and Torgesen stories seem like something a toddler scribbled on the wall by comparison.

    20. As it is always the case with Ted Chiang's stories, The Truth of Fact, the Truth of feeling is extremely interesting and fascinating. This story in particular explores the impact of memory enhancing technologies on our way of thinking and of living, and on our culture. The story is written by a fictional journalist in the near future explores the advantages and disadvantages of living with the wetware known as Remem. Remem monitors your conversation for references to past events, and then displa [...]

    21. Ted Chiang's vision of the future is so realistic and filled with technical details you can almost feel as if you're living it in the first story which is like a documentary or editorial. His grasp of a backwards community that hasn't invented writing is also enjoyable and entirely human in the historic fiction of the second story. The book alternates between the two, adding more and more to the story and the characters, explaining how things work and how everything affects people. An underlying [...]

    22. This novelette threw me off at first because it reads like an essay--which is essentially what it is, but it's merely another way to tell the PoV character's story. Technology has made perfect memory available to every human being via a product called Remem that not only records one's life, but you can instantly search for events and replay them. Had an argument with your wife and she swears you're wrong? Simply run a search and find out. In parallel, Chiang tells the story of Jijingi, a young m [...]

    23. Oh Ted Chiang. I love your brain and I love your words and I love this story. Chiang tells two stories. One, a man reflecting on the introduction of technology that seeks to/threatens to/offers to replace/supplement human memory, and what that means for human interactions and human development. He also reflects on technology that means people don't actually write any more: they dictate. The stuff about memory, and how we use and change and develop from our memories, I found immensely powerful an [...]

    24. This short story is split into two parts. The first is written by a technology journalist musing on the impact of a new technology (focused around improving our recall of past events), the second is a story within his story showing the impact of a missionary in early 20th Century Asia as he tries to teach a local boy to read and write. I thought the second part of the story was better than the first, the part set in the future does have some interesting ideas about the potential impact of a plau [...]

    25. I wish I could give more stars! I read this because a friend in a Dystopian book club said this was the short story the episode The Entire History of You of Black Mirror was based on. tEHoY is not one of my favorite episodes, but that's not a bad thing since the worst episode in that series is better than many series best offerings. This longish short story was terrific! It made me think even more than the episode did about how we all rewrite our own history and we are almost always the hero of [...]

    26. Another fantastic short story by Ted Chiang. In this one, he explores the consequences of a future technology that would allow people to have perfect memory, by indexing and accessing videos taken of a person (in the future, everyone records everything, like Google Glass). But the real genius of the story is that it ties the criticisms to the new technology to what happened with the introduction of writing in previously illiterate societies. I specially appreciated his take on it, because I keep [...]

    27. Conceptually interesting, but not as novel as most of his previous work. Maybe because the plot is about lifelogs and I'm of the generation who has chatlogs stretching back over a decade, so what he describes as the future is actually quite similar to the present as far as I'm concerned, just with more bandwidth. The suspension of disbelief would've worked better for me if he actually mentioned that in the story.I found the writing surprisingly sloppy, but I wonder if Subterranean is to blame ra [...]

    28. Interesting, I loved the premise of this story and the way the two narratives were reflected in each other. Update:When I first rated this (4 stars) I did so because there were some things bout the structure that I didn't like, but now the story has been percolating in my brain for six months and I realize it certainly deserves five stars. I have come back to it over and over again. I love what it means and how it gets to that meaning. I love how it has made me second guess my own memory and how [...]

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