- A Spanish study reveals that 24% of Spaniards would like to be revived in the metaverse after dying in real life.
- Developing technologies offer options for preserving human memory for later use in robots or virtual life platforms.
- Cemeteries are being built in the metaverse for people to commemorate their loved ones.
What will funerals be like in the future and what commemorative treatment will be given to people after they die? This is a question that is already beginning to be asked by the global funeral industry and those who promote businesses in the metaverse.
A company in Spain has just published a study dedicated to exploring what Spaniards think about this topic, and the responses were surprising. 24% of those consulted said they were willing to be virtually ‘revived’ in the metaverse.
Although more than half of Spaniards (59%) responded that they did not want their spirit to remain alive in the metaverse, another 17% of those surveyed said they were not sure if they would allow it or not.
There are already various technologies under development that allow data to be stored and human memory preserved on hard drives, in the cloud or on computers for later use in humanoid robots, such as those being developed by the automaker Tesla.
Die without Dying
But there are also companies that study how to keep the legacy of people in the metaverse alive and even offer the possibility of interacting with the deceased. For example, Somnium Space is a UK company that offers immersive immortality services through the ‘Live Forever’ mode.
People who register on this platform are offered the chance to talk to their deceased loved ones. To do this, the company collects personal data from its customers and then uses it to “revive” them in the metaverse through their profiles.
The metaverse will allow people to attend their own funerals without having to die, says the study entitled Funos Barometer of the Funeral Sector 2022. They will have the possibility to invite only the closest people to the ceremony, commemorate the death of their pet, or celebrate the end of a stormy relationship.
Likewise, through artificial intelligence, funeral homes will be able to show clients what their wake ceremony will be like. This will make it easier for the families and the client to plan their funeral and anticipate all the details.
In an article published in Rolling Stone magazine in December of last year, the publication wondered if people would pay for a plot to be “buried” in a metaverse cemetery.
There are already NFT designers working on developing metaverse graveyards. In fact, a group called Remember last year launched its first collection of non-fungible commemorative tokens for the deceased consisting of finely crafted headstones.
Each of these virtual tombstones contained in the Memorial Stone NFT and powered on the Ethereum blockchain, "also serves as a key to your personal Memorial Hall." There you can keep all the memories of the loved one.
On the Flipside
- The subject of death and its rituals is very controversial depending on the culture and the country.
- More than a third of Spaniards surveyed by Funos would like to transfer their memory to a digital space to keep it alive and accessible after they die.
- 63% said they did not want to become a robot after their death. But another 23% are attracted to this idea and the remaining 15% responded that they might be interested.
Why You Should Care
- The applications of the metaverse are endless, enough for the living and the dead. Although many investors are still doubtful about its future and wondering if companies like Meta, which just released its quarterly earnings report, are on the right track.