Curate your last words from the grave: posthumous messaging services

You now have many options to send messages after you’re gone.  Reveal a long-held secret, torment an enemy, impart wisdom to your loved ones.  We review some of the options here.

Deathswitch: queue up important secrets to be distributed to people of your choice.  Founded by David Eagleman, assistant professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine.

How it knows if you’re dead: it pings you at a cadence of your choosing, and if you don’t tell it you’re alive it assumes you’re dead .

Price: Free to send one message to one recipient, $19.95/ year to send 30 messages to 10 recipients each.

Afterwords: a similar service to deathswitch, and you can also include videos and audio messages.

How it knows if you’re dead: appoint 2 “trustees” who tell the service that you’re gone.

Price: Free to send 3 messages, $10/ year for unlimited messages, $50 one-time fee for a permanent account.

Dead Man’s Switch: a bare-bones email service.

How it knows if you’re dead:it pings you at a cadence of your choosing, and if you don’t tell it you’re alive it assumes you’re dead .

Price: Free to send 2 messages to 2 recipients, $20 one-time fee for 100 messages to 100 recipients.

 

You may want to ask yourself though: do you want to say these things now, or do you want to wait for when you’re gone?

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