Human beings are obsessed with immortality. We all want to live forever, or at least, live on forever.
In writing MetaWars, I dreamt up a concept of UPLOADING, a process to upload your consciousness to the web to live on forever; to be digitally immortal.
Here’s how a video advert for Uploading might run…
And then just today, courtesy of Wired UK (one of my favourite magazines), I spotted a new service that’s attempting to roll up your digital footprint into a ghostly after-life:
— Wired UK (@WiredUK) February 5, 2014
Journalist Liat Clark covers the digital start-up here. They claim to seek to become a repository for someone’s digital life, living on after their gone:
Reality is now mirroring fiction – and certainly science fiction. We already leave behind a vast digital footprint (just ask anyone who’s had a Facebook friend pass away). It’s becoming such a phenomenon that Digital Legacy is one of the 10 meta-trends shaping our world:
But this is nothing new. In his knockout book IMMORTALITY, Stephen Cave examines how the quest to live forever has shaped human behaviour and human history. I highly recommend reading it – it’s one of those rare books that actually changes the way you look at the world.
There will be more and more technical attempts to achieve immortality – we’re wired for it.
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