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Immortality is now just an app away.

September 4, 2015

Immortality is now just an app away.

We’re all trying to extend our existence in some way, even distinguished philosophers like Jeremy Bentham.


So I was struck by the following article from BBC Newsbeat’s Felicity Morse:

Eter9 social network learns your personality so it can post as you when you’re dead

(By Felicity Morse Newsbeat social media producer)

Which concludes with these chilling words:

“Social media after death is a subject that continues to preoccupy us, with Facebook now allowing users to appoint an “heir” which lets users appoint someone to manage their account after they die. Previously they just froze the account.”

Concerning, to think that one might only be survived by somebody’s synthesised version, but isn’t it great to think that one might live on in some form, chipping in with your usual sort of contribution to the ongoing conversation?

Well, I don’t bother going to see paintings any more, now that viewing a reproduction is such a simple matter. Isn’t a painting or any work of art just an idea? You get the gist and move on, perhaps willing to revisit it if the idea is an agreeable one to you, or nab it and paste it into your life and art, suitably transformed. And if this works so well with pictures, why not treat people the same way, bottle them up, hopefully in some more convenient form than that chosen by Mr Bentham?  Or shall we persist in believing that, as with paintings, the ‘original’ has a special value?


From → Critic

  1. Looking forward to my Eter9 persona reading your Eter9 persona blogs in a hundred years time 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hoped you’d say I’m irreplaceable, but whatever.


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