IMG_1482 Ted Chiang gives a speech on lifelogging
As a writer Guest of Honor, Ted Chiang's reading was the last event at ArmadilloCon -- it might have been scheduled that way to encourage more people to stay at the ArmadilloCon until the end, and it attracted quite a big audience. In lieu of reading his fiction, Ted Chiang gave a speech on lifelogging, and engaged in a discussion with the audience about it.
Lifelogging is an emerging trend of recording every, or nearly every moment of your life. A simple example of lifelogging would be wearing a video recorder that would record continuous video and audio of everything you see and do. Ted Chiang used this example to speculate about how lifelogging would change our society. At the end he answered the audience's questions and engaged in a discussion regarding some points, such as: would lifelogging encourage us to craft our lives as stories, and thus become better people? Doesn't forgetting play a big role in getting over a trauma? Doesn't forgetting go a long way towards forgiving? What if your memories are hacked? Who has control over shared memories?
Read Ted Chiang's entire (condensed) speech on lifelogging and the discussion with the audience here.
Earlier at the ArmadilloCon Ted Chiang was interviewed by Jayme Lynn Blaschke.
Here are some topics they talked about: linguistics, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and "The Story of Your Life", the possibility of it being turned into the movie -- this was 2 years before the story got turned into the movie "Arrival"; is Ted Chiang's fiction influenced by the environment; writing the ending first, his story length, and whether he is going to expand "Liking What You See" into a longer story; does he ever plan to write a novel; the first stories he wrote as a teen; who were his influences; and what appeal does he find in discredited scientific theories, such as preformation (on which his story "72 Letters" is based).
You can read the whole Ted Chiang interview here.