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"The immediate problem with our meat brains is that they have no back-up. We can lose the most precious information we have from one bump on the head or stroke. You want a mind system with back-up that can access other databases."
- Bart Kosko

Memory Recording  
  A means of recording the entirety of a person's experience and personality.  

What memory recording did was to make it possible for a second personality, exactly like her own, to be implanted in a second body, also exactly like her own. But Lilo could never participate in the life that clone would lead, even though it had her memories up to the time of the recording...

There were tiny metal channels implanted in Lilo's brain, put there when she was three years old. They enabled her to interface with a computer, and also served as conduits for the recording medium; single molecule chains of ferro-photo-nucleic acid.

From The Ophiuchi Hotline, by John Varley.
Published by Quantum Science Fiction in 1977
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Another piece of helpful technology downloaded from the Ophiuchi hotline.

Compare this to the cortical stack from Altered Carbon (2003) by Richard Morgan and the memory biochip from Shards of Honor (1986) by Lois McMaster Bujold. For contrast, compare to personality death, from Harry Harrison's 1959 story Robot Justice.

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