Legacy and Immortality

The aim here is to work on a project that create a sustainable archive of cultural and personal conversations and oral histories.

It's a story that presents the issue of cultural legacy starting from an intimate / personal / local level but brings these considerations forwards towards the future as we look at the impact of technology on our social lives.

To implement this I'm working with Ward Cunningham (the inventor of the wiki) and projects such as Brewster Kahle's Way Back Machine, Juan Bennet's InterPlanetary File System, and a blockchain project called the Eternity Wall.

This work involves issues of law and finance addressing the question of how we might finance the archiving for eternity of a single web page or memory through the creation of a legal foundation. The question the talk would ask would be "How much does it cost to archive a memory forever?"

# Podcasts

Below we list some podcasts that are related to this subject.

LifeAfter is a serial fiction podcast from the producers of The Message.

To get things started, Jad ris fascinated by the first paragraph of an article by Mary Roach, in which she makes a bold claim about a daring attempt to provide proof that there is life after death.

# Messages from Beyond

Ginger has three amazing children, and she wants to stay in their lives, even after she’s gone. That’s why she’s using a service that helps her make messages and then schedules them for delivery in the future. Videos, audio recordings, emails and photos, pegged to specific days and personal milestones.

https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/notetoself/notetoself122116_cms694849_pod.mp3 Messages from Beyond. Ginger Johnson is battling cancer. She’s also preparing her digital legacy wnyc.org

Moran Zur created this service, Safe Beyond, after his own father died of cancer. He wanted to give people a chance to be remembered as they choose, not through Google search results or in a hospital bed. As vibrant people, full of wisdom. Full of, well, life.

Can Silicon Valley really help us cheat death? And what does it mean for the people we leave behind?

# Seriously, Listen to Your Voicemail

Find a 20-something, a 30-something and a 40-something. If you’re feeling especially experimental, add in a 70-something and a teenager. Say the word: “voicemail.” Watch what happens.

Voice messages — and the etiquette around them — are changing. Some people are rooting for voicemail to disappear completely from our communication repertoire.

https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/notetoself/notetoself010715_cms421778_pod.mp3 Seriously, Listen to Your Voicemail - wnyc.org

"Typing and talking have an inverse relationship: as it's gotten easier to write your feelings, it's gotten more difficult to speak them."

Gizmodo writer Leslie Horn makes a powerful case for voicemail in an essay last year that we just loved. It... well, it stuck with us, and we really wanted to hear the voices she described. Because those scratch recordings buried in her phone's voicemail folder got her through the tough months after her father's death. "Voicemail is a default archive of your life. You would miss it if it were gone," she says.

- https://www.emortal.com/