The Speak, Memory Machine

The simple invention that promises (or threatens) to change the way we listen to each other

James Somers
Oct 27, 2014 · Unlisted

Mike Sarow was on a trip to California when he conceived his strange device.

The trick is that it only ever keeps the last 60 seconds, which you can save by tapping the device. So you don’t have to know in advance if something will be worth saving — you can “kapture” a spontaneous moment right after it happens. And if you never tap it, it never saves anything.

“When we see a thing we like, we take a picture of it, and we’re pretty diligent about it,” Sarow says. “There are 400 million photos added to Facebook per day.” And yet, if you hear something you like, “there’s nothing you can do about it.”

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James is a writer and programmer based in New York. He works at genius.com

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