Did you ever wonder what will happen to your social media profiles when you pass away? University of Melbourne researchers have given it some thought. Right now websites like Google and Facebook use an algorithm to create a profile of us, which allows them to target us with certain ad campaigns. Researchers say the same algorithm could work with different software to generate posts for our profiles after we kick the bucket. Though it's a rather chilling thought, a number of websites already offer such services. For example, the EterniMe site collects thoughts, stories and memories from users, while EmailFromDeath.com allows users to write emails to be sent out after they die. Researcher and philosophy associate Professor Michael Arnold cautions, "Don't blindly fall into [this type of technology], be prepared to asses it, reject it, or embrace it and do so in a thoughtful and knowing way rather than being sucked in."
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