Google Just Invented... Lifelogging?

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Image: Google

Lifelogging—the act of recording your every waking moment—has been declared dead numerous times. But now it looks like Google is trying to resuscitate the movement with a new camera it introduced at its Pixel 2 event on Wednesday.

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Google Clips is a portable camera that takes photos and videos for you. According to Google, the AI-powered camera will learn to capture photos of the people and pets—cats and dogs— you are with most often. The device can be clipped on or set down somewhere, or you can just hold it in your hand. It connects to your phone, where you can share your “clips”—or curated moments—via an app.

For Google, Clips falls in line with the intended theme of today’s event: harmoniously combining AI, software, and hardware. But the device hinges on the assumption that you have a desire to constantly capture your life on camera, and that this desire is not already satisfied by your phone. Google is primarily targeting parents of young kids and pet owners at the moment. For anyone else, it sounds like a tough sell.

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The device costs $249. While you can’t order it online just yet, you can join Google’s waitlist.

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DISCUSSION

The whole reason Google is doing this is I suspect they stole my idea. It’s to create simulations of virtual us who live in the future and never die. Recycled simulations of our daily lives once a computer powerful enough to simulate reality is built. Humanity will eventually die off but not the machines. Soon Google will release their own heart rate monitors and fitness trackers as well as everything else that can track your daily life. This information will be used to create a computer generated replicate of ourselves. Basically allowing you to live on forever in a virtual world where your life is recycled over and over. What they don’t have records of the AI will create data of what likely happened. Hopefully though we won’t be stuck as the same person that loops over and over forever. I’d like to like to live some other experiences once this life is over. Wake up in the next life as someone else. Hell this all might already be the simulation. Who knows how many times it’s run.