About this project
Memory is the foundation of learning. However, most of us are never taught how to use our memory effectively and, as a result, people waste a lot of time trying to learn through basic rote repetition and brute force.
At Art of Memory, we’re combining ancient techniques with modern technology to revolutionize learning.
UPDATE - As a special deal for our Kickstarter backers, we are now offering a TWO year subscription for the discounted price of $50. That’s two years of memory training and application (a $150+ value) for about $2 per month!
Here is a 7 year old kid using our software to learn the periodic table:
What does the software include?
Beginners can start with our interactive tutorials that teach you memory techniques step by step.
CREATE MEMORY JOURNEYS
It also includes memory journey management software that helps you create, edit, and review your own journeys (a.k.a., memory palaces, mind palaces, method of loci).
1. Select photos from our library or upload your own
2. Identify the areas you want to use as your locations
3. Add your facts and associated images to each location
When you want to review your journey, you can do a walk-through that takes you to each location one by one. If your journey includes facts, you can toggle the images on and off.
Need more images? Our software will also allow you to select and clip part of any image and save it to your image vault.
We will also have pre-built memory journeys for specific purposes that will help you learn faster. We want to hear from our backers about what journeys you want us to have ready at launch!
Want to create a system for learning to remember names and faces, or how to memorize a shuffled deck of cards? With our memory system engine, you can create and manage systems for any purpose -- names and faces, cards, words, numbers, and anything else you want a system for.
Just select a preset system template that has the correct number of columns, or customize the number of columns you need. You can even add images from your vault right into your system engine.
Ready to compete? Subscriptions also include access to the XMT Training site, used by many of the world's best memorizers to train for the Extreme Memory Tournament (XMT). You’ll receive access to XMT Training at the end of the campaign, and later in the year we'll be enhancing it to allow you to compete head-to-head with friends anywhere in the world.
Our software will help people at all levels, whether you are new to memory techniques, use them regularly, or are training to become the next World Memory Champion.
How Memory Techniques Are Used
People use memory techniques to do amazing things with speed, like memorizing the order of a shuffled deck of cards in less than 25 seconds, and also with quantity, like recalling tens of thousands of digits of pi.
The good news is that these same techniques can also be used for practical, everyday things including:
- remembering people's names
- learning languages and vocabulary
- studying for tests
- preparing for meetings and interviews
- memorizing shopping lists
- learning trivia
- and much more
You may already know about some of these techniques if you’ve watched Sherlock go through his Mind Palace on the BBC show, or if you’ve read Joshua Foer’s book Moonwalking With Einstein or seen his TED Talk.
According to legend, a Greek poet named Simonides developed the memory palace technique over 2,500 years ago. More techniques were developed over the centuries and they were widely used in Europe through the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Together, these techniques are called the Art of Memory.
At Art of Memory, we have lots of information about memory techniques. However, we noticed that many of the same questions are asked and answered over and over again in the forum.
This led us to two realizations: one, that the memory community is amazing (big shout out to the Mnemotechnics Forum!), and two, that we need something more dynamic and interactive to teach people about these techniques.
So, from the creators of the Extreme Memory Tournament and the Mnemotechnics Forum comes the revolutionary new Art of Memory software that walks you through different memory techniques in interactive tutorials, teaches you how to apply them to your everyday life, and provides you with tools to practice.
Who We Are
Our team has expertise in both memory techniques and building memory-related software. We have eight national memory titles combined. Our Art of Memory forum is the largest online community for memory techniques with over 12,000 members. We also created the software for the Extreme Memory Tournament (XMT), a digital memory competition in which the world's best memorizers compete for $75,000 in prize money.
Nelson Dellis -- Video production, editing, ambassador
4-time USA memory champion, Grandmaster of Memory, creator of the Extreme Memory Tournament, mountaineer, children's book author, founder of the Climb For Memory charity that raises awareness about Alzheimer's disease and funds for its research.
Simon Orton -- Programming, product design
4-time Australian memory champion, developer of the Extreme Memory Tournament software.
Josh Cohen -- Programming, product design, content, community building
Creator of the Mnemotechnics Forum and Memory Techniques Wiki. Over 12 years of experience launching and managing websites.
Issa Cohen -- Operations, project management, content development
Educator, language learner, tennis enthusiast.
Terry Chen - Technical advisor
12+ years building software products and teams for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Currently helps run Pivotal Labs in San Francisco, a leader in Agile and Lean methodologies.
Here is Nelson on CNN:
Here are some other places you may have seen members of our team:
Why we're asking for your support
Helping people improve their memory is our passion. We’ve spent a lot of time getting to this place, and we’re very excited about the software we’re building. We’re combining ancient techniques with modern technology to revolutionize learning. Now, we’re asking for your support to help us get to the finish line sooner.
If you believe in memory techniques, want to explore the potential of human memory, or simply want to learn more in less time, please consider backing our project!
In the meantime, if you would like to help with some research we are involved with, head to extremememorychallenge.com to take a short memory test.
Risks and challenges
We’ve put together a team of some of the best minds in the industry and we are committed to finishing the software on time. We've already built the Extreme Memory Tournament software which is in production and used by the world’s best memorizers. We invite you to join the 12,000+ members at Art of Memory and check out the quality and commitment of our community.
We're committed to building this software, and we have the knowledge and track record to finish it. If we run into any obstacles that could cause delays, we'll let our supporters know immediately.
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