My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:
What is a memory? For some, these dreamlike reveries are as fragile as fine china. Musician Bob Dylan once warned to, “Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” To others, however, like Corrie ten Boom (infamous for her role in helping Jews escape the holocaust), “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.”
For the short film Memory 2.0, both viewpoints are in a collision course as it explores one man’s hopes of retrieving a lost memory via the use of advanced virtual reality.
Memory 2.0 Synopsis
A tale of love lost in the distant future where people relive their fondest memories with virtual reality. Everything spins out of control for our Hero as the lines between reality and the virtual memories begin to blur.
Directed by: Dugan O’Neal
Written by: Wilson Bethel and Dugan O’Neal
Produced by: Eric Watson, Benjamin Gilovitz, and Jonathan Wang
Memory 2.0 explores a very real prospect for our future. Current scientific research tells us that memories are never truly destroyed, but merely forgotten. Equally, they are susceptible in being manipulated and extracted. Ongoing research is looking into the prospect of engineering new memories and implanting them into our minds.
The implications to such an achievement is nearly unfathomable. For Memory 2.0, it’s nothing more than one man’s pursuit in remembering his lost love, but in what other ways could this revolutionary idea be harnessed? Think about that today – not just the negative, but the positive as well.