Saturday, April 21, 2012
*De-digitification* I Been getting my last will and testaments (living and otherwise) and advanced directives in order. I am wondering though if one needs to provide for the death of one’s digital/virtual self as well. A good friend died on tuesday, but friends and family are still posting on his facebook page which I am much obliged for. However, I was captain of the on-line chess club that he and I both belong to, sometimes we have as many as 100 games going at once with people all over the world. If something happened to me do I need to designate someone to inform my teammates that they need a new virtual captain and to expediently resign all my games? It seems like someone ought to announce something on all my blogs, Twitter, and Tumblr accts. and art sites too, and post something official here on facebook. I wonder how long after I’m gone that Netflix will still be analyzing and picking movies for me or Amazon sending book suggestons? I reckon my Iphone apps can just slowly de-update until the processor can no longer read the advance binary algorithms of my ‘angry birds’ app. However, with a few pass words, friends and family could keep my digital self alive for years long after experts have reached consensus on my physical death. A lot of this sort of thing in hospitals is already determined by machines, maybe someday computers will be tasked with making all of these very difficult life and death decisions, and be programed to also inform all the other virtual provinces of my being, after all, they speak the same language. I can imagine that long after I am dead, the process of *de-digitification* may grind on for years, and I have mixed feelings about that. Well, for now, blessings and keep looking up and listening for the shout brothers and sisters! Obliged, 10001 01011010 00001 101011 0100110 1010111011 00101 01000 00101 00010 11010 0010 100010 (that’s Daniel translated into binary code, and yes there’s an app for that).
p.s. that's an icon of mine form 20 yrs ago with a pixelated Jesus being uploaded.