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Flashbacks and freeze-frames

Of greater interst than just being able to see things I would otherwise miss, was the fact that sometimes the effect would cause me to rememeber certain things much better. There was something very visceral about having an image frozen upon my field of view. I found, for example, that I would often remember faces much better with this freeze-frame effect. Often the frozen image would linger in my memory much longer than the moving one. The free-running freeze-frame system operated without my conscious thought or effort. Once I selected a fixed frame-rate, I would go about my day-to-day interactions and, after a while, forget that I was wearing the apparatus. When a person and a machine interact in a manner that does not require conscious thought or effort, a form of synergy emerges, which Manfred Clynes refers to as cyborgian[19]. His classic example of a cyborg is someone riding a bicycle. In some sense, the free-running visual memory prosthetic made me a a cyborg.

Steve Mann
Wed Feb 14 01:19:59 EST 1996