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Death and the internet

How often do you wish you could speak to someone who has died? How many questions would you love to ask your departed loved ones? Thanks to new technology, the opportunity to do so is not far off

By Yorick Wilks   November 2010

How often do you wish you could speak to someone who has died? How many questions would you love to ask your departed loved ones? Thanks to new technology, the opportunity to do so is not far off.

Huge chunks of our lives are, of course, already recorded on the web—not only in the emails and the documents we write, but in our photographs and videos, which we share on sites like Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. Companies such as Microsoft, Google and Vodafone offer free storage space in return for our life data; accessing our memories, tastes and records. But…

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