Thursday, August 16, 2012

You're not dead yet...your digital persona lives on.

A fascinating video on the TED website discussing what happens to your digital artifacts after your dead. 

Adam Ostrow: After your final status update

1 comment:

  1. To me, the idea that a person could "live on" in the digital world after they die is (for lack of a better term) creepy. Death is an inevitable part of life, and Ostrow mentions a similar thought to this in the first part of the video. This is a sentiment that has been held by millions for centuries. "The only two certainties in life are death and taxes" is a famous quote that may now be going awry with new technology that could allow a person one last say in the world after they are dead. Ostrow also spoke of a possible future technology where we as a population could "beam a representation of our loved ones into our living rooms, interacting in a very life-like way based on all of the content they created while they were alive." I could see where people would want to be able to interact with loved ones, but the idea of them being there, but not being there is a bit disturbing to me. If these ideas came to fruition, how could we be expected to move on from a death, and let the dead person be just that? Dead? With all of this in mind, how would that affect what we post and write online? Does the whole idea bring a certain morbid atmosphere to the web? I would love to see future discussion on this extremely interesting topic!