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The relationship between death and technology is as old as human civilisation; from cenotaph to facebook memorial, industries have been built on our desire to remember and be remembered. Technology now enables us to create spine-chilling immersive experiences; allowing us to embody the worlds of our ancestors, enter our ghost stories and even plan a little post-mortem haunting ourselves. We want to move the conversation beyond discussions of data legacy to ask whether we can engender a new form of history, one that allows us to interact with the dead.
Bringing together experts in human remains, memorialisation and new technology this Panel will explore our relationship with mortality in a digital age. The discussion will draw on recent projects which have used new technology to augment cemeteries, populate historic sites with ghosts of their past and instigate twitter conversations with a 1,610 year old woman.
Poetry, stories, and speeches aren't just what we read or what we hear - they're how we make meaning and celebrate history. Hundreds of thousands of spoken text audio files - including poetry readings, American Indian stories, and presidential speeches - remain untapped in archives throughout the world. These digital artifacts hold our oral traditions, and projects like High Performance Sound Technologies for Analysis and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) out of the University of Texas's School of Information feature original high performance data mining tools that help us visualize sound culture in ways we never imagined. How will these new audio technologies reshape the way we understand our words and ourselves?
Kids today have data-points uploaded about them before they are born. Then they create, save and share even more data. They will be able to trace their entire life in data. The more data collected about them the more holistic the picture we can paint of them over the course of their life. Over the years, the digital artifacts they leave behind will help their loved ones remember and perhaps better understand them after they are gone.
This talk will explore the potential for long-term sentimental uses of big data each of us generate, both passively and actively. We will conceptualize about interfaces and devices that could display, make sense of and encourage reflection on individual lives using that data.
We'll explore how pools of seemingly bland big data can reveal behavior patterns in people's lives tied to their emotional and social experiences, especially when layered with actively generated digital artifacts.
8th–12th March 2013