worn in the movie Transcendence.
Some companies allow users to virtually send messages from beyond the
grave. Parting Wishes is a website that
will deliver emails you compose while
living to friends and family members
(or enemies) when you die. Nothing
is off limits when it comes to message
content: parting instructions to an executor, deeply held secrets, closeted
skeletons, unexpressed romantic desires, voice messages, pictures, documents — any ghostly message is deliverable from six feet under. There are
many other similar services. Here are
just a few notable and interesting ones:
DeathSwitch.com: This service
will contact you at frequent intervals
to make sure you’re still alive. If, after
several attempts, you do not confirm
you are living, it will notify individuals
of your death. (I envision this service
best suited for the unmarried single
person who wants to replicate the feeling of a significant other with dependency issues.)
Perpetu.co: Perpetu has the added feature that it will delete information stored on your computer or online
accounts when you die. This is a priceless feature that can ease users’ fears
over what might be posthumously discovered amidst his or her web-brows-ing history.
Vuture: This is a forthcoming
iOS app that will allow users to take
pictures, record secrets or videos
(or even secret videos), and capture
thoughts that will be shared with
specific people at some later date. In-
formation can be sent to a recipient’s
phone or email, or even posted to his
or her Facebook page.
“No one is more interested in your
estate planning than you are,” is Glenn
Price’s motto. This is sage advice: one
should take seriously his or her digital
estate planning. Without making ap-
propriate afterlife accommodations for
your digital remains, valuable memo-
ries and assets may be lost, drifting
aimlessly in the ether. Then again, per-
haps some of us prefer that a few digital
effects be left undiscovered. College
pictures, anyone? NWL
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