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There were two main sources of inspiration for this project. The first being a Black Mirror episode on memory playback. This episode explored how perfect memory recall - via the use of an implant - could be a positive item in someone's life (such as reliving fond memories), as well as a negative item (such as obsessing over past events to the point where a return to normal life becomes impossible). The second piece of inspiration was drawn from SuperFlux's OpenInformant project. This project was intended to be thought-provoking around the area of privacy and government-surveillance on its citizens. This informed some of the mini-stories in ThoughtBox that explored the area of privacy and the personal-nature of thoughts via a story about negotiating for a car and a reference to 1984's thought police.

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