Augmenting My Mind

How much in technology is augmenting me versus being a digital vampire? How much is one tool or another improving my life vs. taking time and control away?

I’m now about 21 months into having short-term memory problems. I had some kind of a memory degradation when I had a long surgery in early 2018. I began to realize that my best ability to multitask was shredded.

I also tend to work alone or in big complex organizations. As a result, I was jumping between tasks and tools. I was jumping between frantically trying manage my own life while working with other organizations’ project and time mamagement systems. Even in the same organization, I was working in many different tool systems. Each tool has a different assumption about how I interface with it, where are you interface with it, and what it does with my time and memory.

My husband of 33 years claims that I dont have memory problems: I am just now like most people.  That is probably true.

As a result of the shift, I’ve been doing a digital clean up and regeneration. I’ve been trying to build, rebuild, and understand tools, not just the ones that are jammed it me or popular in the press. I’m rethinking tools and looking under the hood about how this one may augment myself or how much that one is a drain on myself.

On another level, I’m looking at how I could intentionally augment myself.

This is awkward work, on purpose.  We are in such a world of abstraction that we are exciting onto tools in our lives that may just be kind of sucks that have really great tools just suck our attention.

More fun to follow…