Digital life after death

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - “When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting.” That’s the slogan of British company “LIVES ON” …but is that necessarily true?
David Ryan Polgar from DavidRyanPolgar.com joined us to share his insight.

Our Digital Life after Death

As an increasing amount of our lives are spent online, it presents a new problem: what happens to the content when we die?
Also, should we continue communicating with the living after our death?

Today the dearly departed are leading increasingly robust lives online.
While one’s physical body may leave the earth, they have left behind a body of words, photos, and videos that remain online.
In fact, the mere act of dying need not get in way of continuing to produce content for the web.

Take the British company LivesOn, which promises that you’ll continue to have a presence on Twitter after you have long taken your last breath.
Run by an administrator of your choosing, you would create a style now that is utilized to send out 140 character missives after you are long gone.
Their slogan is: “When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting.”

A new endeavor out of MIT called Enteri.me will be allowing just that.
By using Artificial Intelligence (AI), an avatar is created that is based on the life experiences and writing patterns of the deceased.
Their websites asks, “what if you could be remembered forever?”

Managing the online presence for a deceased individual sounds strange, but it is quickly becoming the norm.
Yahoo Japan, recognizing this trend, recently launched Yahoo Ending-a service that allows a person to send a
final message to a pre-determined list and a designated loved one to control the account.

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