BJ van Look
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Sun Jan 28 17:49:01 GMT 2018
How does Illyan s device work? Is it the same as long term memory? Or is it closer to a library where he can control what gets placed in storage and what gets recalled?
With respect to recall -- I don't think he takes it out and puts it back. The record is there available for review, and can be re-reviewed at will, rather like running a tape. Of course, his experience of reviewing his memory would create new records. But I don't think the new records would alter or overwrite the originals. He must have had some scheme for distinguishing the original from reruns.
Isn't part of the aftermath of Illyan's recovery that his short-term memory has atrophied? It might have been a coping mechanism WRT "playback" of chip-memories. If you don't create any short-term memory, then it can't be turned into long-term memory--which can't conflict with the chip.
This may be why he was the only one who didn't go insane. (others did, based on SoH, IIRC)
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