Daniel Kilov is a memory athlete who uses the techniques of memory sports to help people learn all things they ever wanted but never thought they could.
In this, the opening talk from TEDxCanberra 2012, Daniel explains why and how he became a memory athlete, and how being present to information around us can help each and every one of us improve our memory and recall. Using the example of a wildly creative story, Daniel weaves fantastic imagery into the names of each of the other presenters at TEDxCanberra.
Having struggled with organizational skills as a symptom of his poor memory all through high school, Daniel sought out methods to improve his memory. It was then that he discovered the “Art of Memory”, a loosely associated group of mnemonic principles and techniques used to organize memory impressions, improve recall, and assist in the combination and ‘invention’ of ideas. These techniques are sometimes referred to as mnemotechnics and are employed by memory athletes to perform remarkable feats of learning.
Shortly afterward, Daniel sought out Australia’s most successful memory athlete, Tansel Ali. Tansel is the Australian Memory Champion and, in addition to his success in competition, he also memorized the Sydney Yellow Pages in only 24 days. Daniel was trained privately by Tansel and at the 2011 Australian Memory Championships Daniel managed to secure second place behind his coach and mentor, and third place in the competition overall. He also broke the Australian record for the abstract images event and is the official holder of that record, having memorized the order of 99 abstract shapes.
Daniel now espouses the value of memory techniques as a potential revolution in education, both in the traditional sense of the word and, because as a matter of historical fact, the art of memory formed the cornerstone of education from the time of the Ancient Greeks, up until the renaissance. When we use memory techniques, we revolve back to the ancient and effective art of learning, memorizing and composition.