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Intro

For millions of years ancestors of current people had a lifestyle that primarily demanded to remember things and other creatures in physical locations to find food, avoid dangers and procreate.

Around 100K years ago languages emerged. People started to collect and share knowledge more actively, with it gradually becoming more abstract. Around 10K years ago people began changing their lifestyle from hunters-gatherers into more agricultural one. Slightly later they invented writing systems, which allowed even faster knowledge accumulation.

In 15th century people started printing books, which led to spread of literacy and ultimately to information revolution, finally crowned by invention of the Internet. Lifestyle substantially changed again, leading to information overload.

What is even more important, current way of working with information is notoriously misaligned with the evolutionary determined one. People are great at remembering things and creatures at physical locations, not abstract words without any spatial reference.

People invented many quick fixes to the problem: writing, note-taking, books, as well as computer-assisted ways to accomplish the same: ebooks, electronic documents and note-taking, online search and even brain training.

However, until recently computer technologies were not mature enough to be of much help with the key component of memorization - ability to easily put information in a 3D space. Most of the software allows to work with information either in linear or flat (2D) mode, or requires too much effort and skills for 3D visualization to make working with spatial information practical.

And it is exactly this problem that we target at SpatialNote, creating a way for people to work with information the way nature shaped humans: positioning information in space, and easily adding concrete and specific info to abstract one to substantially aid memorization and recall. And we are making it at a great time, when even mobile phones are capable to provide decent level of performance for organizing info in 3D.

Here are the major components of good memorization:

 

  1. Make initial memorization powerful by organizing info in space (and making it more memorable if needed)

  2. Repeat

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