A Recorded Existence
My dad died in the 1980s at a young age leaving behind a few items, photos, audio tapes, papers, etc., in the process. These were the records of his existence, but his existence was only partially preserved. Because, outside of these records, whether found or yet to be discovered, nothing else can be known about my dad. Over the course of humanity, billions of people have died without any records of their existence. Many people in the world still die this way. And as a result, humanity loses their cumulative life experience and wisdom, a number that’s in the billions of years.
For the most part, children of children born today will not have this concern. They will be among the first to witness the growth of their parents from birth to death in a granular way. Locked accounts and...