Until we download memories like in the Total Recall film

L'ourson Arkell d'Henoïda télécharge de mémoires

How good is your memory? Did you know that in 2006 Akira Haraguchi, a 60-year-old Japanese man, set a world record for memorising and reciting Pi to 100,000 decimal places? Probably not. It took him 16 hours to recite 3.141592… Arguably not the best use of his time but still an incredible demonstration by an ordinary man of what the human memory is capable of.

Memorisation has been a challenge for centuries and you would have thought that we would be making progress but we actually seem to be regressing. Hardly surprising since we have Google and Wikipedia at our fingertips at any moment to double-check anything. This is a trend that that goes back to the invention of the printing press in the 1500s. Before that academics were capable of memorising frighteningly huge volumes of informations like our friend Mr Haraguchi. Back then they had no choice, no way of checking information, so they developed creative methods to help them commit to memory the information they needed.

Henoïda refreshes some of these methods and the latest research to help people memorise all types of information, even the digits of Pi, in a fast, smart and fun way. The language learner who doesn’t memorise any vocabulary won’t get very far in communication. The learner driver who doesn’t memorise the Highway code would just be a menace on the road, let alone the doctor who doesn’t memorise the side effects of medication etc. Memorisation is the foundation of learning and we want to help make it a springboard rather than an obstacle to higher level knowledge and skills. Until we can upload and download memories like in that Total Recall film with Arnie, there is no getting away from memorisation. But who knows, maybe we aren’t so far from that future, they did implant memories in mice recently…

In all likelihood people won’t be able to get rid of memorisation for a while, so we are very excited and impatient to deliver the first version of the Henoïda application, especially because it has had a long gestation period. The conception of the world’s most comprehensive tool for memorisation naturally took some time as it is supposed to keep improving till human memory downloads are a reality. People find memorisation difficult, boring and demotivating and our plan is to reverse this. We are in no doubt about the scale of this ambition. There is a lot of work to be done!

If you would like to be among the first to try Henoïda, please register as a beta tester. We also welcome ideas, suggestions, feedback, general chit-chat so feel free to contact us.

As for those of you wondering why “Henoïda”, well Socrates once said “hèn oîda hóti oudèn oîda”. We have it on good authority that this means “All I know is that I know nothing”, an idea quite close to our hearts.

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2 Responses to “Until we download memories like in the Total Recall film”

  1. Benjamin

    I worry about what tipping the scale towards reliance on information retrieval versus knowledge building does to the mind. I see your product attacking this problem and tipping the scale the other way. Nice work.

    P.S Now the name makes senses and I completely love it