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ruzuzu commented on the word transactive memory
This is what I mean when I say that Wordnik is my second brain:
"The researchers say the internet acts as a "transactive memory" that we depend upon to remember for us.
Lead author Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University said that transactive memory "is an idea that there are external memory sources - really storage places that exist in other people".
"There are people who are experts in certain things and we allow them to be, to make them responsible for certain kinds of information," she explained to BBC News."
From Internet's memory effects quantified in computer study
July 24, 2011