We lose a little of ourselves when we outsource our memory to Google.
But not in the obvious way that we think of.
What we lose in the privacy (some would say inaccuracy) of memory is the ability to forget.
The privacy of memory and the palaces that we build in our minds of truths, facts, lies and stories is more valuable than we know to preserving the best parts of our fragile humanity.
In the rush to electronically preserve the truth in non-debatable, and factual ways, we are losing the pleasure (and the privilege) of the privacy of choosing what we want to remember—and what we have the grace, forgiveness and ability to forget.
When we can call out each other using facts we like that work for us (and avoid or dismiss the facts that don’t), our social media communications and interactions become about expressing the rawest of emotions with immediacy, in the face of overwhelming facts that are preserved as eminent, and indisputable truth.
Google can’t help us here. Neither can artificial intelligence. Neither can another social communication platform.
Only human beings can preserve the privacy of memory in relationship with other human beings.