There was a time, a mere 30 years ago, when the idea of living forever was coupled to a heavy sword fight. Fortunately, the idea of transferring and preserving one’s consciousness has evolved ever since.
The most beautiful system though is yet to come. Aeon might be a really tempting device allowing humanity to finally live past the physical existence in a unique digital form. It is designed as a wearable patch, constantly monitoring the wearer’s brain activity to learn all the user’s real-life connections and personality interactions. It comes across as a meaningful big data device created to preserve instead of aggregate.
The next step, the one that separates the pure accumulation of data from applying it for the benefit of a given user, is the digital recreation of its wearer’s consciousness as an Aeon. Once passed away, this tailored form of consciousness would be able to experience an identical representation of all things it loved not even possible in our current physical state.
Here’s designer Evan McDougall envisioning Aeon:
“As Aeon is set nearly 150 years in the future, it could be made from materials not yet conceived by humans. The main body would be made from a smart glass-like material that is able to refract light to create the hologram seen in the middle of the object. The molecular configuration of the material allows it to be repelled by other objects meaning it could not be broken and appears to levitate in place. Aeon’s magnetic base would attract the vessel so as not to float away,”
“The vessel that would eventually hold the user’s digital consciousness could be displayed in their home if they wished to be reminded of their mortality. This aspect of the device may be considered morbid in today’s society, but when death is no longer feared or even necessarily inevitable, the device could serve as a healthy reminder to live their physical life to the fullest,” he continued.
“Although the user lives on in a digital state, there would still be an inevitable grieving process for their loved ones left behind in the physical realm. At this point the vessel becomes a digital urn of sorts and aims to comfort loved ones of the user. When someone picks up the vessel after the user has entered the digital realm, it reacts by warming up and gently glowing to comfort the person who holds the vessel and remind them that the user lives on digitally.”