Planning for your digital death
Dying doesn’t just mean leaving behind hoards of clothes, books and kitchen utensils, it also means leaving behind your online presence. Ever thought about what would happen to your Facebook account, or your prized Netflix subscription after you die? Start here.
Your digital legacy is what you leave behind digitally after you die. This ranges from what happens to your social media accounts and your data privacy, to managing access to your online utility bills and subscriptions.
What will death and dying be like in the future? From living on digitally after you die to the breakthroughs that are transforming healthcare, this section is for you to get to grips with the future of death.
We’ve all got heaps of online stuff, and it all gets left gathering digital dust after you die. Here’s a look at the steps you can take to reclaim some of what you’ve done online, and whether you can pass any of that digital legacy on.
Most of our digital assets, what we might call property, don’t actually belong to us and can’t be passed on after you die. The law hasn’t caught up with our 21st century lifestyles, given that a lot of what we buy and stream online we think of as our own.
We take a look at how you can start planning for what will happen to you social media accounts after you die. From turning your Facebook account into a Memorial to making sure your Dropbox account can be synched to different computers after you die, here’s a quick rundown to get you started.
Your digital property means either the hardware you own, such as a laptop or tablet, as well as the files, data, online accounts and blogs you’ve accumulated throughout your life. Here’s a look at what happens to this stuff after you die, and how you can retrieve some of it.
Your medical record is a history of your most intimate moments – from that recurring UTI to the antibiotics you were prescribed after a drunken fall, this is the kind of stuff you want to keep locked away. But what happens to that data once you die? We take a look.
Do dead people have privacy rights? While you might be able to opt out of emails while you’re alive, a corpse can’t tell Google to delete the trail of GPS data which, in theory, could allow a third party to know intimate details them. Here we look at the strange world of data privacy after you die.
Social media hasn’t just changed the way we interact, it’s also changed the way we grieve. From Richard III live-tweeting his funeral 500 years after he died, to mourning with your Facebook friends, the digital age is distorting the way we approach death.
So, you want to live forever using new technology. Welcome to your AI afterlife. From 3D data capture and neural networks to fully augmented reality, here’s a look at how your digital immortality might just be a matter of building a supercomputer large enough to store all of your brain cells.
The data of the dead sticks around alongside those of us still living, and you could say we encounter ghosts all the time. Here we take a look at whether speaking to the dead is coming back in fashion through social media and the online world.
AI doctors? Nanotechnology? This is the future of healthcare. With the NHS investing in ways to streamline its services, we take a look at how the future of healthcare is being created using artificial intelligence, virtual reality and genome sequencing. Will death become more manageable with the help of technology?
Hospices recently used Virtual Reality tech to allow dying patients to run with wild horses in Iceland, go skydiving and tour the Atlantic sea, all from the comfort of their beds. We take a look at how Virtual Reality and other emerging tech helps those who are nearing the end of life.
Going to the doctor and being prescribed a trip to the App Store might seem surprising. But here’s our list of the best apps that can help you out in older age. The best thing is, they’re all free and you don’t need to sit in a waiting room for 2 hours to access them.