Infinite has been awarded a Best Award in 2018.
Infinite is a website and VR based experience, which enables users to preserve their memories and prepare them to be experienced in the future.
It’s a question that this open-ended, speculative project is based on and I have been answering it from an Experience Design perspective. It is an important question, because at the moment many users upload and save assets without asking their emotional and memorial value. It is a "out of sight out of mind" situation - once that photo or video is on Social media, it stays on there. Whilst in the past a photo album only had so much space to hold for memories - the photos had to be carefully selected.
Digital Assets: Even though today there are many advantages like file conversion, uploading, sharing and storing of memories online, ownership of these assets becomes a problem if that person hasn’t planned prior to what will happen with this content.
Digital Ghosts: Also, if you have a friend or family member, that passed away recently, it is very likely that they became a digital ghost; a person not alive, but has an active presence on Social Media.
Those profiles are ‘digital graves’, to go to mourn and remember. Facebook and others become a place to connect, and also are a ‘digital cemetery’.
Problem is while a human body can decompose and make room for new, a digital profile doesn't, unless it gets deleted. Which usually isn't the case. We may be approaching a time where there will be higher number of dead users to live users. Facebook is not the only place: Picture that this ‘grave’ is placed in several different cemeteries, and the family has no guarantee of accessing the deceased digital assets, because of not knowing the account details and location.
A design solution could bring more meaning as well as a different experience to the table. It would also need to provide a solution for the ‘displacement’ of digital heirlooms and the person who is deceased.
Design Strategy & Approach
Note: No 3D Avatars of people, because people may become uncomfortable and some might swap virtual reality for reality to be close to their deceased family members
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