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The amount of data on one's headstone, because it's
literally written in stone, is necessarily tiny. "DOB",
"Beloved Spouse of..." and not much else.
I propose carving in a QR Code onto each headstone
a multimedia presentation could have all of that info,
customarily found in the newspaper with
actual pre-recorded video of the Departed recounting
Highs and Lows in their life and telling their relatives
which ones were secretly hated and so on.
Simply prepay before death for up to 100 years archiving.
Steep Discounts available if you include an exhortation
bereaved visitors to have a cool, frosty beer at the
tavern then get their wheels aligned at the friendly
DriveRight Wheel Alignment Centre on the way home.
It would provide much more entertainment value for
graveyard visitors than taking charcoal rubbings.
QR codes on headstones
[a1, Aug 31 2021]
Apollo Goodwill Messages
[a1, Sep 03 2021]
Better than stone heads?
hooked-on-cryonics [4and20, Sep 03 2021]
Graveyard Orbit for People
The source of my misreading to give me the idea [AusCan531, Sep 03 2021]
Last words and little rebellions
"Allows the deceased to tell their story" [a1, Sep 22 2021]
||Excellent, simple, and stole my business concept, which has been in highly dubious development for years.
||On the other hand, you'd be surprised at how little effort many relatives will make to preserve someone's memory. Celebrities, published authors, people who ran for president -- all people with name value, and their families won't even pay to keep their basic web page active.
||A QR code is far too impermanent. I propose a robust chip to be physically placed in the center of the headstone capable of returning information via radio wave to any inquiring device.
||A QR code necessitates an external database of some sort.
Better to contain all the data on the headstone. NFC (as per
[Voice], above) could work, but something easier to "decode"
(ie. not encrypted at all...) like an embedded diamond
microfiche of words & images only needs a microscope to view.
||Available since 2014 (link).
||//their families won't even pay to keep their basic web page
||That's why it's something to be arranged by the soon-to-be-
deceased before their own death. The cost can come out of
their estate so it's no skin off of their decaying nose.
||Thank you [a1], it's not surprising that it has already been put
||'yrwlcm. But even though I know the QR code thing is baked,
I'm in the same camp as [neutrinos_shadow] and
[Voice] on this one. A QR code or anything else that links to
some other database is a fragile system. Embedded micro
engraving as [ns] suggested could be at least as permanent as
the headstone itself and wouldn't rely on outside data storage.
||(now, off to check if anyone is already selling THAT)
||//not encrypted at all// No need to decrypt. Did you mean unencode?
||Could be done the same way as the Apollo
Goodwill Messages (link).
||I read this as "Graveyard Orbit for People" i.e. placing
bodies into deep orbit, and my comment is that cryonic
freezing (which I am signed up for) is a factor of 50
cheaper than launch to deep orbit.
||On second reading, I think this is an excellent idea, and I
would suggest a further improvement of adding in
addition to the multimedia message a file repository, for
the departed to share files which they consider
interesting. My life-style includes arguing about
controversial ideas on the Internet, so I have a collection
of interesting files. I have not made any powerful
enemies as far as I know, but just in case, I would like this
headstone QR code to allow people to download and
peruse my collection of deeply problematic content,
should they so desire.
||Maybe even put the QR codes on the wheels and on the
||Since I already brought up treatment after death, I'll take a crack at cryonic freezing [link].
||Hi [sninctown]. The idea "Graveyard Orbit for People" was
posted recently (Link) and it was my misreading that gave
me this idea.
||hello! yes. so i see, now. good. < returning to mental deep
||It's a pretty story, but I don't really get what it's saying.
||// I don't really get what it is saying //
||The "last words" story seemed relevant to this idea because it
foresees death becoming mundane as a result of mind-
uploading, and recordings will replace AusCan531's or anyone
else's concepts for grave markers.
||How would the ability to clarify your last words make death mundane?