Dying Tomorrow

By Danielle Siembieda

What happens when a Facebook profile outlives our friends? Or when our text messages can be used to train an AI “twin” that can chat with loved ones after we die? Today, information about our lives can be packaged, transmitted, and analyzed like never before. As the traces of our lives are measured, tracked, and simulated to lead digital lives of their own, we ask: what will it mean to die tomorrow? This video documents a day-long workshop and public event, "Beyond the Body," which brought together historians, psychologists, technologists, designers, artists, and anthropologists to speak on how technology has changed the way we mourn — and how people can shape tech to reflect our needs, rather be transformed.

Find out more at: https://www.nextrends.org/blog/2019/11/18/dying-tomorrow-workshop

Speakers (in order of appearance):
Eryk Salvaggio, swissnex San Francisco
Megan Rosenbloom, Co-Founder & Director, Death Salon
Francesca Bosisio, Psychologist & Head of Research, Le ColLaboratoire, University of Lausanne
Ajay Chander, VP of Research, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
Sean Mulholland, UX Design Lead, Media and Technology @ IDEO
Rachel Démolis, Doctoral Fellow & Social Anthropologist, HESAV T

This event was presented in partnership with Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, HESAV (School of Health Sciences) in Lausanne, the University of Lausanne, and the Board of the Higher Education (DGES) of the Canton de Vaud, with local support from Kinetech Arts, Leonardo, and the Institute for the Future.

Daytime Workshop, "Dying Tomorrow" — 

Dying Tomorrow

Evening Event, "Beyond the Body" —  

Beyond the Body