Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"Another reason why privacy could be just a passing fad, terrorism is going to get too good. [1997]"
- Larry Niven

Erased Memory  
  A procedure that deletes selected memories from the human mind.  

In the story, Quail is apparently an ordinary man who dreams of making a trip to Mars. Low on funds, he approaches Rekal, Incorporated to have some false memories (extra-factual memories) implanted - he will at least have memories of the trip he wanted.

Unfortunately, there was a pre-existing condition; he actually had gone to Mars, but the memories had been erased.

"...The trip is very vivid in his mind - at least under sedation. But apparently he doesn't recall it otherwise. Someone, probably at a government military-sciences lab, erased his conscious memories; all he knew was that going to Mars meant something special to him, and so did being a secret agent. They couldn't erase that; it's not a memory but a desire...
From We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantasy and SF in 1966
Additional resources -

This may not be a procedure that can be done more than once:

"...Maybe they can erase your memory once more, I don't know...

For an earlier version of this idea, see anti-heptant from Jack Vance's 1956 novel To Live Forever. See also this article on brain erasure from Edmond Hamilton's 1948 story The Knowledge Machine.

Comment/Join this discussion ( 11 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
  More Ideas and Technology by Philip K. Dick
  Tech news articles related to We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
  Tech news articles related to works by Philip K. Dick

Erased Memory-related news articles:
  - Amnesia Drugs: Bad Memories Blocked
  - Memory-Erasing Chemical
  - Selective Memory Deletion In Mice
  - Tetris Reduces Emotional Scars
  - Can Brains Erase Memories?
  - Memory Erasure Thanks To Snails
  - DCS May Extinguish Fearful Memories
  - Erased Memories In A Flash Of Light

Articles related to Medical
3D Skin Printer Helps Burn Victims
Can Virtual Reality help People Cope With Pain?
Talkspace Anonymous Therapy App
Dr. McCoy, Your 'Salt Shaker' Scanner Is Ready

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

3D Skin Printer Helps Burn Victims
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm...'

Tesla Autopilot's 40 Percent Crash Reduction
''I hope all those other cars are on automatic,' he said anxiously.'

Pent-Up NASA Scientists Simulate Life On Mars
'That gives it complete isolation.'

China Now Has Robot Journalists
'A vast complex electronic organism buried deep in the ground, responsible to no one...'

Relationship-Practicing Robot From Turing Robot
'Streamlined, smooth-working, absolutely noiseless, breath-takingly realistic.'

Cormorant Flying Car
'The cab came floating down out of the sky...'

ElliQ Robot To Help Israel's Grandmas And Grandpas
'The robant and the tiny old woman entered the control room slowly...'

EU Debates Kill Switches For Robots
'I have a mechanism which our autofac on Mars builds as an... emergency safety...'

Scotland Set To Implement Basic Income
'Earned by just being born.'

Sales Robots More Persistent Than Humans
'Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing,,, shrilling...'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.