Umberto Eco – On Memory, Books, and Computers

Umberto Eco died on February 19, 2016. He was a brilliant man who wrote fascinating books. 

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He also had an encyclopedic memory. Here’s a brief interview filmed by David Ferrario. In the interview, Eco discusses memory, computers, and a terrifying future. 

For those of you with serious book envy that may trigger a Pavlovian response, have your drool cups ready at minute 5 of the interview (with English subtitles). 

Who will inherit that labyrinthian library?

18 thoughts on “Umberto Eco – On Memory, Books, and Computers

  1. Mrs. P says:

    I love how he knew exactly where the book was on the shelf. No card catalog or reference notation.

    I will never use a calculator again…must keep the mind fresh! 😀

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      It’s interesting to think about, isn’t it? What happens when much of memory becomes only called on to record experiences and not for recalling factual information. Experience is relative and memories change or evolve as we recall them. But two times twenty-two will always equal forty0-four. What happens when our devices lose our facts?

  2. Ste J says:

    He even has a ladder for his library, that is amazing, what an awesome house. Eco will be missed, his books (or at least the first five which I’ve read were all very good and his non fiction was equally fascinating and challenging, it’s a huge loss to literature.

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