Imagine being able to be a part of your loved ones lives even after you die.
A new app that calls itself the Dropbox for the hereafter allows you to do just that by creating and storing messages for friends and family members that will be delivered to them at targeted moments throughout their lives. Sometimes decades after you die.
CCTV America’s Karina Huber reports.
Israeli entrepreneur Moran Zur created the app SafeBeyond after doctors diagnosed his wife with cancer.
“We had a three year old kid at the time. We wanted to make sure that he would get the chance to know his mother. And this kind of was my motivation to make sure that he would get to know his mom no matter what happens for many years to come,” Zur said.
The app allows you to be a virtual part of loved ones’ pivotal moments even when you’re no longer there. After signing up for an account you can create written, audio or video messages through your mobile device that are stored on the Amazon cloud.
You then decide when you want those messages released to your loved ones. It could be on a specific date like an 18th birthday, or a wedding anniversary.
The recipient is notified through a push notification on their phone that they have a message waiting for them.
Some digital experts say people may be unsettled by messages from loved ones years after their death.
We asked on Twitter what people thought of the idea.
POLL: Would you want to get pre-recorded messages from loved ones after they’ve died on important days in your life?
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Evan Carroll, Co-Author “Your Digital Afterlife” says, “I do believe there’s growing interest in them. However, I don’t quite think the mainstream is ready to handle these types of messages. However, as younger generations grow older, as people who were always born with technology and always use social media start to pass away, I think it’s going to become more commonplace. So it would not surprise me if we see more of these sites in the future.”
The service is free to everyone, but limited to one gigabyte of space. Zur says the company will have ways to monetize the site down the road by offering premium perks like video editing and online will services. But its success ultimately depends on people being comfortable with the idea of hearing from their loved ones-sometimes decades after they pass.
Christopher Moreman on digital afterlife
CCTV America’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Christopher Moreman. He’s author of the book Digital Death and an Associate Philosophy Professor at California State University, East Bay.