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Thursday, June 16, 2011

eTomb

I don't have a 'ridiculist' but I'm seriously thinking that I should have one.  I thought I had awakened in an alternate world and that I would soon be jumping into to my enterprising space ship and go straight home.
It's creepy, questionably appropriate and not even within the realm of possibility.
That aside it would cause more heartache than comfort, it would be unaffordable and impractical for so many reasons. The cost of security alone would make it elitist. EVERYONE has enemies.
In this day and age of techno-vandalism it's naive to think that this would not become a target if not just for the sheer joy of destroying something which is common among those who have no self control or common sense.
How could each site be physically protected from vandalism in a graveyard? Wouldn't it be more practical to set up your own shrine at home and then you wouldn't even have to get in your car to go and see it and instead you could have an eTomb party and have pizza.
I also can see all sorts of electrical problems connected with this idea. Could signals get mixed up and what you hear coming out of your dear husband's tomb is Mr. Brown's wife in the next plot discussing their therapy sessions or that trip to Bulgaria? Just where would you take your eTomb for repair? Can you even find an eTomb technician? And would he email you his bill?

Designers have conceived a tombstone that stores the deceased's "digital remains" so that a mourner could access their Facebook page and Twitter feed
Keeping a loved one's memories alive after their death isn't easy. That's why a group of designers has conceived the eTomb, a tombstone that would hold digital information about the deceased on a built-in server. Could this be an appropriate way for a generation that lives most of its life online to honor its dead, or is the idea just tasteless? Here's an instant guide to this hypothetical techno tombstone:

How exactly would an eTomb work?
The traditional-looking slab of stone would contain a server storing the departed's online "remains" (i.e., his or her Facebook page, blog or Twitter feed). When relatives or friends pay their respects, they'd be able to use their smartphones to access the information via Bluetooth. The device could also "act as a perpetual chat room,"
writes Stuart Fox at HYPERLINK "http://www.technewsdaily.com/etomb-tweets-from-beyond-the-grave-1649/"TechNewsDaily, "where loved ones and well-wishers could post reminiscences about the deceased."

Would it be connected to an electricity supply?
No. The eTomb would be powered by a solar battery embedded on the top of the grave. That ought to ensure the "dead remain eco-friendly in the afterlife,"
says Hans HYPERLINK "http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/11/22/facebook-forever-etomb-offers-immortality-via-social-networks/"VillaricaHYPERLINK "http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/11/22/facebook-forever-etomb-offers-immortality-via-social-networks/" at HYPERLINK "http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/11/22/facebook-forever-etomb-offers-immortality-via-social-networks/"Time.

Couldn't people leave abusive messages about the deceased?
A Bluetooth key would be embedded into a cross engraved on the front of the tomb, so that only family members would be able to edit content on the server and erase unwanted memorials.

Is this really an appropriate memorial for the dead?
It satisfies both traditionalists and futurists,
says Aaron Saenz at HYPERLINK "http://singularityhub.com/2010/11/16/the-e-tomb-let-your-grave-join-the-social-network/"Singularity Hub, in that it acts both as a "well recognized physical symbol" and an "online memorial." That said, it would be weird to see a "weeping widow whip out her phone so she can text her dearly departed: Sry Ur ded. GWHTLC. Kthx bai." But in an age where worshiping your ancestors is "largely passé," says HYPERLINK "http://www.technewsdaily.com/etomb-tweets-from-beyond-the-grave-1649/"TechNewsDailyHYPERLINK "http://www.technewsdaily.com/etomb-tweets-from-beyond-the-grave-1649/"'sHYPERLINK "http://www.technewsdaily.com/etomb-tweets-from-beyond-the-grave-1649/" Fox, "this kind of memorial may be the best way to remind future generations about your mighty deeds, epic life, and that one time in college you got so wasted."

Is this the only technological way to upgrade your tombstone?
No. One company is already selling
data tags you can affix to your beloved's tombstone, which allow iPhone users to post up to 1,000 words of prose about the deceased. While the eTomb is still a concept design, the granite data tags can be bought for just $225 each.




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