Chatbots, holograms, digital clones: Dead and forever in cyberspace? How do we want to be remembered and who possesses our digital heritage?
Meet avatars of dead friends or make selfies with the deceased granny: Who dies today is far from being dead. Digitalisation promises eternal life in the form of chatbots, holograms or digital cloning – and the dead of tomorrow are better connected than ever before. But do these technologies really help us to grieve? Can we still say goodbye if the connection to the deceased is never broken? No matter if social media profile, digital diary or voice messages – documents of our identity remain on the Internet. Who will possess our digital heritage and who will manage the flood of digital ghosts?
The host Teresa Sickert will discuss the subject of digital death with:
• Christopher Eiler, expert for digital estate planning, Columba
• Lea Gscheidel, undertaker, Re.Designing Death Movement
The introduction to the topic will be given by Martin J. Riedl, fellow in the research programme “The Evolving Digital Society“ at the HIIG.
Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG)
Französische Straße 9
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
A registration for the event is not required.