Texting From Beyond the Grave, On Your Headstone

Leave a message for your descendants 3,200 years from now?!? I guess you can assuming we don’t blow it all to hell, and our ape overloads are ruling the planet. This company has the same name as those language DVDs, but they are definitely thinking “long-term” … James Williams writes on Discovery News:

Generally a headstone conveys two very basic facts about the person interred below it — their name plus the two most important dates of their life. Thanks to some new technology, headstones can now convey much more that: a photo and note written by the deceased, delivered right to your phone.

RosettaStone

The product is called RosettaStone and comes from a company called Objecs. If you were to purchase a RosettaStone, you’d receive what looks like a granite iPod with a few symbols visible on the outside and a microchip embedded on the inside. That device is then secured into your headstone so those symbols can be seen by visitors (each symbol represents an area of your life you want to share info on).

When your great-great-great granddaughter stops by sometime in the next century and wants to know who you were, she’ll touch her NFC-RFID enabled cellphone (or whatever device we’re using by then) to one of those symbols on the granite iPod-looking device on your headstone and she’ll get your note.

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  • Genericgeek

    I'm sure the tech will be outdated by the time of out great great grandchildren, hopefully humans will not have forgotten how to open an sealed envelope and read a letter.

  • 5by5

    I guess it all depends on how much you have to say.

  • Tweedle

    If they use holograms this would be cool

  • Maus

    Wow. This is like someone a hundred years ago attaching a wax cylinder to their headstone “so when people two hundred years from now come by with their by-then portable wax cylinder readers, they can hear my voice!”

    Utterly ridiculous.

  • Nekko

    Are you serious? Considering how fast technology is developing, you would have to be rather stupid to go through with this. In forty years, the technology in the headstones will so freaking outdated, and that’s not even considering the fact that the headstone could break/battery could die/water leak ruins internal components/any of an infinite number of problems caused by leaving something out in the weather for generations at the time.

    How about this: You want to leave a message? Have your remains compressed into a diamond and have it set into a super-secret decoder ring, and your great-great whatevers can hunt for clues! It could be family fun where everyone tries to find your lost fortune! Woo hoo!

  • Nekko

    Are you serious? Considering how fast technology is developing, you would have to be rather stupid to go through with this. In forty years, the technology in the headstones will so freaking outdated, and that's not even considering the fact that the headstone could break/battery could die/water leak ruins internal components/any of an infinite number of problems caused by leaving something out in the weather for generations at the time.

    How about this: You want to leave a message? Have your remains compressed into a diamond and have it set into a super-secret decoder ring, and your great-great whatevers can hunt for clues! It could be family fun where everyone tries to find your lost fortune! Woo hoo!

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