Digital Afterlife

Critical Design project about the energy consumption of our digital selves after our physical deaths.

Digital Afterlife examines the energy consumed by the social media profiles of the dead. A monument that shows the ongoing increase of energy used to keep our digital ghosts alive is juxtaposed with a video of the energy counter increasing, along with a looped spoken word performance that explores the social impact of these digital mementos.
The plaque below the monument reads:
“In 2017 the internet and data centers already claim 2% of the world’s carbon footprint, as well as consuming 3% of our global electricity supply. It is expected that by 2020 one-third of the world’s population will be actively on social media. An estimated one million of these users die every month but their accounts do not, leaving a digital graveyard of zombified data still consuming energy every time a video is watched, a photo tagged, a birthday notified, a friend request sent - perpetually continuing its life after your death. 1 Megawatt hour (MWh) = 850 homes"

The team filming for the project presentation:
Team Credits:
Ali Alamzadeh - Industrial Design
Chelsea Bell Eady - Communication Design
Andy Liao - Industrial Design
Andy Robinson, Industrial Design
Clayton Wadsworth - Communication Design
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