"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
8 Using Anki to thoroughly read a research paper in an unfamiliar field10 Using Anki to thoroughly read a research paper in an unfamiliar fieldUsing Anki to thoroughly read a research paper in an unfamiliar fieldPart I: How to remember almost anything: the Anki systemAugmenting Long-term Memory2020-09-24Journal
By contrast, had I used conventional note-taking in my original reading of the AlphaGo paper, my understanding would have more rapidly evaporated, and it would have taken longer to read the later papers. And so using Anki in this way gives confidence you will retain understanding over the long term. This confidence, in turn, makes the initial act of understanding more pleasurable, since you believe you're learning something for the long haul, not something you'll forget in a day or a week.
OK, but what does one do with it? … \N\]ow that I have all this power – a mechanical golem that will never forget and never let me forget whatever I chose to – what do I choose to remember? – [Gwern Branwen