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What will the next billion Internet users look like?

Here’s an interesting infographic from the folks at InternetServiceProviders.org that takes a look at the Internet user of the future. Enjoy.

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Living online forever? What the UK thinks about it.

Here’s a fascinating infographic out of the UK. Not surprisingly, only 20% had considered what would happen to their online profiles after they died. The YouGov survey, conducted on behalf of Perfect Choice Funeral Plans, found that 45% of 18-24 year-olds would prefer their profiles to remain online but only 25% of over 55s felt the same. […]

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Welcome to Life

Copyright infringement in the digital afterlife. Hilarious.

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SXSW 2012 Digital Immortals: Preserving Life Beyond Death

Another SXSW has come and gone. Now that I’m back home and in withdrawal from the breakfast tacos, brisket and free drinks, I took a moment to reflect on my panel, Digital Immortals: Preserving Life Beyond Death. Speaking at SXSW is always a thrill, and this year was no exception. My goal with the panel was to provide […]

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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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Study: Smartphones Capture 27 Percent of Photos

Smartphones now account for 27 percent of U.S. photography according to a study from The NPD Group. Up 10 percent over 2010, the increase in smartphone photography comes alongside a decrease—from 52 to 44 percent— in dedicated-camera photography. “There is no doubt that the smartphone is becoming ‘good enough’ much of the time; but thanks […]

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Mourners Turn To Mobile Phones To Remember Deceased

Death used to be the final disconnect from the mortal world, but that’s not quite the case anymore. From the paranormal to the touching, tales abound about technology beyond the grave. Perhaps more telling is what these stories tell us about our changing culture. John Jacobs, 55, passed away in 2005 following a battle with […]

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QR Codes, Microchips In Cemeteries

Would you want a QR code on your headstone? That was a question posed via an email from Adele McAlear. Quiring Monuments is now offering just that with its “Living Headstone” line of memorial products. Cemetery visitors with smartphones can read the QR code and visit a memorial website to learn more about the deceased. […]

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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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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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