Day One, Digital Death
i'm gonna start writing something (anything) once a day. i'm not entirely sure why i have the motivation to do this now, since i never had the motivation before and the time when i had the most motivation i didn't do it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
i'm going to write this as fast as i can with as little editing as possible. like that app that deletes your words when you stop, except less stressful.
i feel like i have something to say but i don't know what it is or how to day it. so here's hoping that a blog opens a door that lets me figure out at least one of those problems.
i figure today i'll talk about digital death
while in the passenger seat of a car crossing a bridge at 70mph i wondered what would happen if i died
thinking about how unprepared my increasingly self sovereign digital life is for the inevitability of death— · Matt Condon (dot) (@mattgcondon) January 20, 2020
like, everything i digitally own is locked behind passwords and private keys and brain wallets and i don't have a good plan for passing those along, not to mention what i want to happen to my social accounts & other distributed data— · Matt Condon (dot) (@mattgcondon) January 20, 2020
who's working on handling digital death?— · Matt Condon (dot) (@mattgcondon) January 20, 2020
and then i tweeted about it because it's 2020 and that's what we do in response to existential dread.
i think we're wildly unprepared for digital death as a society. social media memorial pages are naive and only scratch the surface of the issue. as more digital things become owned (and truly owned, in the case of crypto-backed ownership of scarce digital things) the value of our digital lives will become relevant to death
maybe the answer is KMS but james is probably right
I feel like immortality is more achievable than a good KMS— James Prestwich (@_prestwich) January 20, 2020
imo the answer is probably just a social norm & centralized meme around deadperson switches & falling back onto the traditional legal system for dying. shard you key in 2/n shards, giving n to descendents and 1 to a will executor. only allow recovery after deadperson switch is thrown. executor gives shard to descendent, key is reconstructed.