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Continuous Lifelong Capture of Personal Experience with Eyetap
By: Steve Mann

Opening Keynote Address, ACM Multimedia 2004 1st Workshop on Continuous Archival and Retrieval of Personal Experiences, October 15, 2004, Columbia University, New York

I begin with the argument that continuous archival of personal experience requires certain criteria to be met. In particular, for continuous usage, it is essential that each ray of light entering the eye be collinear with a corresponding ray of light entering the device, in at least one mode of operation. This is called the EyeTap criterion, and devices meeting this criterion are called EyeTap devices. Secondly, I outline Mediated Reality as a necessary framework for continuous archival and retrieval of personal experience. Thirdly, I show some examples of personalized experience capture (i.e. visual art). Finally, I outline the social issues of such devices, in particular, the accidentally discovered inverse to surveillance that I call "sosuveillance". It is argued that an equilibrium between surveillance and sousveillance is implicit in the archival of personal experiences.

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