I was on the bus this morning, thinking about this blog and how I haven’t updated it in a while. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on but have been too overwhelmed to write about it.
But that reflection got me thinking — what will happen to our digital identities when we (as a species) become extinct?
Flesh and blood decanting to 1s and 0s; like ghosts within machines.
I guess a good portion of our IT infrastructure will be consumed by natural elements, as it should be. But I imagine some may remain usable for quite a long time. Maybe not long enough for the sun to potentially swallow the Earth, though.
I wonder if new evolutionary entities or intergalactic visitors will discover our algorithmic fossils.
What they will think of all of our collective pretty and ugliness spread across devices?
I imagine they would be shocked at the collective destruction the human species has caused and the ultimate downfall it will have created.
If the intergalactic visitors haven’t already been shocked by it.
But I also imagine they would see some of the beauty and kindness in the human condition, and the good fight many have battled (and conquered) to create a better space for our planet, animals and each other.
I am happy with the digital footprint I will be leaving. I hope you will be happy with yours too.