"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."
-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
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More generally, we believe memory systems are a far richer space than has previously been realized. Existing memory systems barely scratch the surface of what is possible. We've taken to thinking of Quantum Country as a memory laboratory. That is, it's a system which can be used both to better understand how memory works, and also to develop new kinds of memory system. We'd like to answer questions such as:
What are new ways memory systems can be applied, beyond the simple, declarative knowledge of past systems?
How deep can the understanding developed through a memory system be? What patterns will help users deepen their understanding as much as possible?
How far can we raise the human capacity for memory? And with how much ease? What are the benefits and drawbacks?
Might it be that one day most human beings will have a regular memory practice, as part of their everyday lives? Can we make it so memory becomes a choice; is it possible to in some sense solve the problem of memory?