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

It is designed for everyone and re-imagines end-of-life by making it a beginning instead of an ending.

Imagine being able to interact directly with historical figures or family members but in a superior way to how Det. Del Spooner (Will Smith ) interacts with Dr. Alfred J. Lanning in the film iRobot. These digital representations could allow who we are and what we were to exist for eons past our physical life cycle.

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

Bounce the idea of interacting with the deceased off of different types of people with a mix of religious and educational backgrounds.

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

Understanding the limitations of capturing and containing the human mind.

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Hi Gabriel, very cool idea, and I love the iRobot example! Do you know of any examples similar to this that are being pursued today that might help us understand how this might be achieved?

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I'm mostly speaking from a logic map point of view at this point, but good sci-fi often leads to a road map for future progress.

That being said there are these little bits going on today (Google News for "wet ware"):

Photo of Aaron Wong

This is some really cool and futuristic stuff! I would love to see you "act out' some of these scenarios with friends or family. What if you were a passed family member talking to a current family member? What would he/she say about the experience? Test it out with someone you trust - what is their feedback?

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Oddly enough my grandfather wrote a little pamphlet on flying back in the early '80s. I did glean some valuable information from him while I was growing up, but not a lot of detail because I was not mentally ready to receive the information. After he died I came across the little booklet and would flip through it and found it informative, but I wanted to ask him more questions. It would have been neat to not only interact with his 'knowledge' but to have that 'knowledge' know who I was and interact with me in kind.