I recently caught last year’s hit movie Source Code, thanks to my DVD queue. It’s an interesting sci-fi thriller that probes what might happen if all the information available from electronic devices and the equivalent of human neural flash memory were concatenated to recreate the last eight minutes before a tragic event. Of course, there a twist, and a lot of action and pathos, but the idea is essentially this — information can outlive us.
The TED Talk below explores this notion, with some fascinating Web services that are springing up around the concept. There’s an especially creepy one that might call you out of the blue . . .
Not exactly fun summer fare, but sometimes we need a little bitterness to offset the palate.