Man’s quest to live forever and escape or defy death has persisted since time immemorial. Today, there are still groups and individuals who are constantly seeking ways to attain immortality. Little wonder, given that the morbid prospect of death is so depressing and limiting for those who believe it all ends here on earth. Dave Schilling, in a recent report for theguardian.com, examined the concept of ‘virtual immortality’ that is part of the drive to find ways to overcome death.

As Schilling points out, “Become virtually immortal” is one of the slogans found on the hauntingly cheerful website for Eternime. It’s a start-up firm aiming to let you store your memories and your personality in digital form past your physical expiration date (also known as death). They hope to feed the data into chatbots that will allow us to “speak to the dead”. READ MORE