About John Romano

John is an award-winning interaction designer and an ardent cultural observer. His fascination: the mass adoption of digital communication tools and the change they are having on the way we interact with each other and the way we view ourselves. When he isn't contemplating on how to achieve immortality, he is either designing interactive projects at Capstrat in Raleigh, building stuff in the garage with his boy, or wandering off the beaten path on a motorcycle. Contact him at .

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Welcome to Life

Copyright infringement in the digital afterlife. Hilarious.

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SXSW Wrap Up: Robot Panelists, AI and the Future of Identity

I sat with 65 other homo sapiens in a room, waiting to have an interview with a robot. Little did I know that in the end, it would be an interview with our own humanity.

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A Working Definition of Digital Assets.

The phrase “digital asset” is being used, but we have yet to come to a legally-accepted definition. A simple definition is that a digital asset is content owned by an individual that is stored in digital form. But this may not be broad enough to encompass all the digital elements of an estate that have value. A more inclusive definition is that a digital asset is digitally stored content or an online account owned by an individual.

This article walks through this definition and highlights issues presented by restrictive ownership of online accounts, terms of service, and choice of law.

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Robot panelists, AI, and the Future of Identity – SXSW 2012

In the future, we aren’t going to fight the robots, we’re going to become the robots. In fact, it may be even sooner — like, now. We’ll have two AI-powered panelists taking questions from the audience. Oh, we’ll have some great biological panelists, too. They’ll discuss artificial intelligence, digital avatars, and the future of identity. […]

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All-electronic finances a powerful reason to plan for digital assets.

The U.S. Treasury announced today that on January 1, 2012 it will end the sale of over-the-counter paper savings bonds. It’s all digital from there on out. That’s just one more reason to add digital assets and accounts to your client’s estate plan.

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Grieving online: social grief goes mainstream

With significant adoption of social networks by people of all ages, we now have a broad population that is open to using the Internet as a way to grieve and remember loved ones after death.

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Digital Avatars: what the?

What if you had someone there for you, every single day, without fail – if they were always ready with a kind word or a response to your latest musing. Never mad. Always caring ans concerned. Always ready to take time to be with you. Would it matter if he or she were a robot? […]

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Digital Death Industry Attracts Cash, Shows Success

The fledgling digital death industry is beginning to have some published success. We are seeing companies publish more facts about venture capital and how many users they have. Read on to learn about companies that are making hay.

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Interview on KDSK

We were interviewed on KDSK St. Louis. Kasey Joyce interviewed John and Evan about digital legacy. Matthew Koons, a man whose wife died at age 31, talks about having to decide what to do with his wife’s online accounts. Tim Yaeglin, an estate attorney also answers some legal planning issues.

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SXSW Panel and Meetup

Are you interested in the subject of digital legacy? Come down to the South By Southwest Interactive Festival. We’re hosting a panel followed by a meet up. It’s all happening March 14th

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