Monday, May 22, 2006

The height of digital culture

The Guardian's Observer newspaper ran an interesting story yesterday about the future of digital lives: captured digitally from birth - in their article 'All set for a revolution':

'Babies assigned a personal website at birth; companies that store your 'digital assets' like a bank; search engines which find your perfect holiday with undreamt-of precision. These are some of the concepts on the agenda at the 15th International World Wide Web Conference, the first to be held in Britain.

The babies of the future, for example, will have a web address instead of a National Insurance Number. Hall said: 'I have a vision that in the future when a baby is born you'll get some sort of internet ID that is effectively your digital persona, and it will grow with you. It will actually represent you in some way - what you know, what you've done, your experiences. I guess you'd call it your URI [Uniform Resource Identity]. This is the thing that always identifies you. Every time you do something on the internet, it is effectively logged, building up this profile that is with you for your life. Then you have your life's record, which can include any legal documents or photographs or videos that you might have, that you can pass on to your children. We will be able to build software that can interpret that profile to help get the answer that you need in the context that you're in.'

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