TL;DR: On the web we live forever – it’s not a threat! it’s an opportunity ,you just need an action plan! lets build it together.
We can’t start this post without quoting some Queen “Who Wants To Live Forever “:
“There’s no time for us
There no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us”
Everything we upload to the internet – our posts and tweets – will remain there long after we are gone. It is up to us to decide whether we take a cautious approach or a more trusting one. The web does indeed hold the promise of immortality – if not for us than at least for our virtual persona – but should that frighten us?
To those of you who haven’t watched the TED lecture of Juan Enriquez, and since I found it thought provoking, I decided to share the gist of it with you.
Below is what Juan Enriquez had to say.
What is the Connection between Big Data, Tattoos, Immortality and the Greeks?
Tattoos tell a story without making a sound (or rather, they shout it). What if the social networks, cell phones, GPS, etc., turn out to be electronic tattoos?
What happened over the past few decades, is that the sort of coverage that heads of state or great celebrities used to get, is now being applied to us every day by all these people who are tweeting, blogging, following us, watching our credit scores and what we do to ourselves. Add to this the facial recognition products that are getting really good, and you no longer need to know someone, or even speak to them, in order to know everything about them.
Perhaps these electronic tattoos bring us closer to immortality, since these tattoos will live far longer than our bodies will. If that is so, here are four lessons to take from the Greeks (since the Greeks thought about what happens when gods and humans and immortality mix for a long time):
- Reputation – Once you get that electronic tattoo, you’re going to be rolling up and down with it for a long time, so just be careful what you post.
- With all this data out here, it might be a good idea not to look too far into the past of those you love.
- Remember the purpose when you’re about to tweet, post or send a late-night message.
- Just don’t fall in love with your own reflection.
In case you are curious, the mythological characters behind these lessons are Sisyphus, Orpheus, Atalanta and Narcissus… Do you remember their stories and know who represents which lesson? Why don’t you just watch the lecture for yourselves, the link appears below J
Juan Enriquez wraps up his lecture in a less than optimistic tone. For him, immortality is a form of threat. I, on the other hand, believe that in every threat – or risk – there is also an opportunity. It all depends on your perspective. I see the “immortality” offered by the web as a chance for us to leave behind us something meaningful. I invite you to start this journey with me. Take hold of this opportunity, don’t let yourself be overtaken by it!