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Our eternal (digital) afterlife

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March 23, 2018 10:15 AM

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

"Much as we don't like to admit it, users have an expiration date. Even in the best case scenario, where the product and services we design aren't abandoned due to inertia or lack of interest, human beings stop being users when life ends. Or do they? More and more often what is left behind is a digital ghost, a unidimensional clone borne out the million of macro and micro-interactions that we generate during our physical life.

We will embark on a wacky journey through the maze of novelties and oddities that surround the end of life, to understand how we can organize information and systems, and answer those ethical and practical questions raised by death in the digital age.

Who is this talk for? Everybody who designs or produces digital products and services can benefit from this talk. The only experience required is to be human.

Why is it relevant? This topic matters because we are contributing to creating digital universes that will inevitably be filled with digital zombies. And while we might not realize it, we can do something about it. And we should. And because not everybody wants to be a digital zombie, or live forever in pixels, we have a huge responsibility to give people a choice.

Will it be boring? This is an emotional talk. It grips people from the very beginning and takes them on a rollercoaster of emotions — we laugh, we may shed a tear or two, and we think hard about what it means when life ends, and the responsibilities we have as designers. I generally get plenty of questions both during Q&A and after the session, as some people have to digest the material."

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