ONE man outsourced his memory to artificial intelligence for almost a month’s time.

While the technology did boost memory, it may have hurt his natural one.

Shubham Agarwal gave his memory to AI for three weeks — his brain worsened

Information overload via the internet pushed Shubham Agarwal into outsourcing memorization to an AI, he wrote in Business Insider.

His digital mechanism of choice was Heyday, an app that supposedly aides memory.

Without any extra effort, Agarwal found that the app’s recollections helped jog his memory quite nicely.

However, the adventure came with a caveat: his natural memory worsened.

Heyday was created to mimic human memory, Agarwal said.

Everything read gets soft-processed, and crucial info comes up as needed.

The app even makes up a catalog of information to pull from, and then gives suggestions near search engines or on web pages to show off the information that was read previously.

It manifests as a browser extension, and Agarwal found during his research that Googling key figures like Elon Musk lead Heyday to bring up previously viewed material about the person of topic to remind the user of any background information they are already familiar with.

Similar to a grade school teacher, the app would also underline words that Agarwal had seen before.

The website that works with the app sounds a lot like a private social media page that users don’t even have to make on their own; it compiles all viewed resources into one easy, familiar place.

Apparently, the extremely invasive data collection tool utilizes tight data encryption, and they have no reason to sell data from users, nor ads to them.

Instead, Samiur Rahman, Heyday CEO and cofounder, said to Agarwal that the transparent $19 monthly subscription is all a user needs to get their own active memory assistant.

Rahman noted that the primary aim of his creation is to “increase the creative output of individuals.”

Heyday takes on memory storage so that its user can freely “focus on things that the human brain is uniquely great at — thinking, creativity, analysis.”

They have some competition on their hands as well.

Mem AI, supported by OpenAI and cofounded by Dennis Xu, is another AI memory tool that opens up neural space for creativity.

“I think that’s a more worthy use of the brain’s memory than, for example, remembering what date the Battle of the Alamo took place,” Xu said to Insider.

Then, there’s Rewind: this startup earned $10million with the help of Andreessen Horowitz, who said the company has a “long-term vision” for “giving humans perfect memory.”

Rewind uses another memory-cataloging structure, while Personal AI wants to give humans a “second brain,” albeit a virtual one.

However, the more memory we externalize, the weaker our memory muscles get, research says.

University of Texas professor of information and psychology Andrew Dillon said to Agarwal: “Why learn a poem by heart if you can pull it up on demand? What’s the point of learning your math tables if you can just ask Alexa for the answer?

“Like our bodies, do our minds also need to be exercised to maintain full functioning?

“I think there’s some truth in this.”

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