Digital Technologies and Death

Researchers at the University of Siegen are exploring digital technologies to support the dying and bereaved.

Conversations about death are not popular. “But avoiding the topic takes away your chance to plan for your own end of life, or to shape the time after death,” says Ruben Albers, who is researching Human Computer Interaction at the University of Siegen in a team lead by Dr. Marc Hassenzahl. He firmly believes that technology will increasingly shape how we experience of death. “We already see trends in this direction, such as the presence of the deceased in virtual spaces and the growing importance of digital legacies,” Albers says.

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