One of the great things about social media is the way it keeps you connected with your friends and loved ones. Whether it's family members in other states, children attending college or coworkers you worked with for years, we now have the ability to keep in touch in ways that were never possible before. But what are the boundaries of staying connected? Death? Well, maybe not.
According to Simon McKeown, social media could make living beyond the grave a possibility, just in a different form than we might expect. Imagine your parent, cousin, or spouse as their very own avatar. Imagine being able to communicate with them even after they're dead. In 50 years, McKeown says this may be possible. But how?
The simple fact is that people today spend a great deal of time online. The information we share on our blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook feeds is out there, presenting a synthetic version of ourselves, so to speak.
As creepy as it sounds, our personal avatars could already be out there, just waiting for the right computer algorithm, or formula for solving a problem, to come along that makes it "alive." And we're closer to that algorithm than we think.