The designers at Microsoft are preparing a program they hope will become as ubiquitous as Windows on America’s desktop.

The designers at Microsoft are preparing a program they hope will become as ubiquitous as Windows on America’s desktop.

MyLifebits, they say, could offer a “Google-like” search of a person’s life, in multimedia that includes photographs, Web sites visited, phone conversations, plane tickets, e-mails (yikes!) and all the bills you paid.
The inventor, Gordon Bell, has offered himself up for example and scrutiny. Researchers say a program capable of handling the equivalent of 290 hours of video could be marketed within five years, for less than $300.

The biggest challenge so far is how to coherently store such a glut of information in a way to make it useful and reliable.

“I like to think of it as an accurate surrogate brain,” Bell said.