Sci-Fi Short “Lost Memories 2.0” Weighs the Price of the Digital Life

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"In your virtual world, everything is smooth." — from Lost Memories 2.0

In our Digital Age, we are experiencing the coming together of physical and digital worlds. Yet, it is still unclear whether this convergence will be more harmonious unification or head-on collision.

No technology helps us to envision how these two realms come together like augmented reality. Even in its infancy, AR prototypes like Google Glass drew enormous interest in their immersive potential but also scorn in the form of calling obnoxious wearers "glassholes".

How might our lives and relationships be affected when AR technology matures years from now? Will we become addicted?

In 2012, the short film Lost Memories was released to show a relationship divided by the intersection of these two worlds. In the film, "The Cloud" is a AR information layer covering every natural surface like wallpaper and providing an overwhelming amount of head-up interfaces. That is, until it collapsed, leaving digital natives afloat in an unfamiliar environment.

Recently, director Francois Ferracci released the longer sequel Lost Memories 2.0 with a return to the protagonist after the cloud was rebooted. It's a future where the permeation of digital information will be so thick that it will distract even the most intimate of moments. This gritty (and somewhat NSFW) short serves to both amaze and warn of just how artificial we may become in an augmented reality that knows no limits.

It's worth noting that the theme of technology, memory, and loss was also depicted beautifully in a 2014 sci-fi short, Memories 2.0. Hopefully one of these ideas can get greenlit for a feature film.

David J. Hill

Managing Director, Digital Media at Singularity University
I've been writing for Singularity Hub since 2011 and have been Editor-in-Chief since 2014. My interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but I'll always be a chemist at heart.

Discussion — One Response

  • Quantium February 24, 2016 on 4:14 am

    It seems to me that the fundamental problem is the difference between the telephone system and the email system.

    Instruments sold as telephones today also receive emails and SMS texts, but they ring a bell (or play loud music) when these or a voice call comes in.

    Computers, on the other hand, sit there quietly and the user can chose when to read and respond to messages.

    If the bell ringing idea actually goes in inside people’s brains, it may well cause them to have a nervous breakdown. Well brought up children are told not to “butt in” to adults otherwise engaged. Yet this Victorian concept of “good manners” doesn’t (and couldn’t) apply to anyone on the end of a voice telephone, and is now eroding email and SMS telecommunications.