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Remaining Social

Let's reimagine how one's personality can live on through social media, contributing their thoughts and memories as we do today.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Many of us today use social media to portray our interests, thoughts, and feelings to convey who we are to the people in our lives. Identifying a way to use this forum to continue contributing our beliefs and emotions to our loved ones could comfort those near death in knowing their thoughts and memories will live on.

I often see the facebook profile of someone who has passed on serve as a memorial for loved ones to post their feelings towards the deceased. What if the deceased can contribute thoughts, emotions and memories back to their loved ones. We could have blog-like thoughts while alive to be preserved for the time when we can no longer share them. Maybe contribute thoughts on a great day we had and repost a photo or article to share the memory again, using the infrastructure we already have.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Run a test using facebook's "your memories" to post past experiences from a deceased individual's profile to gauge the emotional impact on the living loved ones. This could help define restrictions on what to post, when to post, and frequency to post. Also ask a sample from the general population of their willingness to use a side feature to blog short thought/feelings that would not be posted until after they are deceased- "a will for thoughts" if you will (no pun-intended)

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Brainstorming! The more thoughts the better to both answer questions and ask new ones. What are the major hurdles you see? How do we best test concepts for such an emotional topic? and best replicate the emotional state of those being interviewed?

Tell us about your work experience:

I work in consumer product R&D, with a background in engineering and some design.

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actually your idea inspires me! right now we actually already had AI chatting robot, they can learn from people's reactions and information from internet then change the character of themselves and have their own personality! How amazing is that!
If we can relize the generalization of AI , we could be able to creat the chatting robot that can learn from these social media pages so they can have the same character with our loved ones and can  imitate their way to reply.
It is going to be exciting!

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