Michael Gauler, a recent graduate from Interaction Design RCA, created for his graduation project a system that keeps track of a person's "digital records" (that is, a record of what they do on the computer, their files, their favorite music, etc) that can be accessed by others when said person passes on.
Gauler comments that, in the past decades, when someone died you could go to their house, clean out the attic, and uncover a physical record of what they did with their life. With the digital age, it's easy to have those memories vanish in cyberspace.The proposed system is based on a security "key" (see picture) that, when placed next to a digital item such as an MP3 player or computer, connects via Bluetooth to showcase the deceased's digital records. It's completely user-based programmable so that friends can receive less access than family, and some data can be left in the dark.
I think this idea is interesting in concept, but the threat of these keys falling into the wrong hands is very real. There'd need to be some extra fool-proof security for this to gain any mainstream momentum.
Report Published by: Mark Raby
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