Much of what we put online is throwaway, yet as we grow older, little traces like Tweets will provide a primary way for us to reminisce. How should these items be preserved as a record of our past that can be passed on to our offspring and become part of our family's history?

RICHARD BANKS-MICROSOFT RESEARCH

Richard Banks is a senior interaction designer for Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. He's part of a team that spends most of its time looking at family life, trying to understand the complexities of home, in order to figure out how the digital should fit in appropriately. Richard joined Microsoft after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London. Since then he's worked as a design manager in Seattle on Microsoft's Office, Windows and MSN products before moving home and into research.

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