We plan for the future of our physical selves but not our digital afterlife. Over 90% of people want to be remembered after they die, most of them forever. Yet, the value of digital content for post-life legacy is being left behind.
So, how might we leverage digital content to become part of an everlasting legacy? Design fiction.
A Master's thesis resulting in a tablet app, Legacy, and a tangible token called a connection key. Pair them together to discover commonalities—kindred connections—between the digital archives of the living and dead.
HOW IT WORKS
Each connection key is a unique parametric identifier that anchors digital life events of the owner with archives of the dead.
Use it to navigate the Legacy app and find kindred connections you share with people from the past. Place additional keys next to the tablet as secondary filters. Wooden keys patina with the life of the owner and glass keys embody the deceased.
Place your connection key to see what kindred connections you have with people from the past.
Rotate between connections to explore moments you share with family, famous folks, or public from the past.
Slide across to the timeline of someone you connect with to see what other moments relate to your life.
Kindred connections are based on shared life events that leverage content and metadata from our digital lives to bring people together across time and generations. They consist of: