Wozniak the Memorious

My daughter Chloë has sent along a link to an article about Piotr Wozniak, the inventor of SuperMemo, a software application that uses some neglected facts about the workings of human memory to help users retain more of what they learn. The system is designed to remind users at specific intervals of items they have studied; the spacing of these reminders is carefully tuned to occur just as the material would normally be about to be forgotten. Wozniak has dedicated himself with single-minded zeal to applying this system to himself; it appears to be effective, but is clearly not for everybody.

It’s an interesting story; you can read it here.

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5 Comments

  1. Nice allusion to Borges.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted May 6, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Why, thank you, Jeffery.

    Posted May 6, 2008 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
  3. Kevin Kim says

    Not having read any Borges, I missed the reference.

    I do, however, hope to apply Wozniak’s techniques to learning Chinese characters.

    (Not now, obviously, but later on, when I’m back in Korea.)

    Kevin

    Posted May 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    It’s to one of my favorite Borges stories, Funes the Memorious.

    Posted May 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    You can read it here.

    Posted May 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm | Permalink