A Digital Ghost?

Have you ever received a Facebook notification reminding nudging you to wish Happy Birthday to a deceased friend? It’s an odd experience, almost as if the internet is nudging you to hang out with an old friend. It’s almost, because any interaction is strictly one way.

What if interaction could feel like its two way, and you almost feel like you could see the one you lost?

The below video tells the story of one guys experience playing a computer game against his dead Dads previous best, and at the same time, giving what could be the best reason to play computer games.

The voice over is pulled directly from a YouTube comment that was under a video called, “Can Video Games Be a Spiritual Experience?” Could the above be described as a spiritual experience?

I sometimes wonder what technology would look like in 20 – 30 years time. If people can have experiences like the above with what would now be consider old technology, what does the future hold?

In fact, is (what we might consider) a future technology already happening?

I read a theory a few months ago, that you could argue that human beings are separated into two separate states. One is our physical bodies. The other is our identities, or our souls.

Most (if not all) religions have a concept of an afterlife. A place where the soul lives on, but what if our earthly identity could be captured?

Eternime is one example of a company with plans to help your digital identity live on. They plan to combine everything you put on social media, photos from smart phone, email, and so on – the aim being to create a digital version of yourself, that will be accessible after you die.

According to the BBC website:

“Depending on the facts it has collected, the avatar will be able to offer anything from basic biographical data to being an engaging conversational partner,” says Marius Ursache, Eternime’s founder.

It is set to launch next year, and according to Eternime, more than 37,000 people have already signed up for the service.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure how I feel about this.

On one hand, I’m not going to be around for ever. Could there be some comfort in having a “digital dad” available online after I’m gone? But what if the service fails? Wouldn’t that be some sort of “second death”?

Doesn’t the idea of a “second death” sound creepy?

Does the whole thing sound a little creepy? People I’ve spoken to have commented on how weird it sounds. Is weird, because it sounds unnatural? And is it so unnatural, that we’re in danger of not just playing God, but going full blown Black Mirror? 

One last thought. If parents are meant to set an example to their children, how are we meant to set an example about something like this? 

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Doctor Who: Upset that The Doctor is now a woman?

So now we know. Jodie Whittaker is to be the new Doctor, the 13th lead actor in Doctor Who. (Ok there’s the War Doctor – lets keep this straight forward please). And yes. The Doctor is now going to be a woman.

Now, I’ll be honest here.

I have been known to argue why The Doctor should be a guy. (Basic argument was that he was a mostly non violent, male role model). But after these 61 seconds, I’m not just ok with the changes, but looking forward to the new era:

It probably helps that I cant help but think that she so looks like The Doctor. (Please dont ask me how I know if an actor looks looks like the Doctor or not).

It’s also been signposted in the show for a while…


Personally I’m looking forward to new character dynamics in the TARDIS.

But What if you’re upset about the new Doctor being a female?

Here’s a few ideas…

  1. Check out the Big Finish audio stories. They’ve been producing Doctor Who stories for years, featuring many of the previous Doctors. Give them a listen, but if you’re not sure where to start, the 50th anniversary special “The Light At The End” is a good start.
  2. Delve into the Doctor Who DVD catelogue. If you really want to try an old go for The Mind Robber.
  3. Wait it out. Watch the new series, or don’t watch it. We’re talking about a show that reinvents itself every a few years. It will reinvent itself again.
  4. Remember, somewhere, there are going to be girls growing up with a new more relatable hero. Thats got to be a good thing right? And again, if it sucks, well give it a few years and return to the show.
  5. Please try and take some joy in this video, and that other girls may well have the same reaction. Please?

Just a shame that apparently shes not keeping the coat…

Any other suggestions for people struggling with the change?

With thanks to @georgeluke on twitter for the idea for this.
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Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls Review

I’m going to get the fan boyness out the way now. Simply put, I felt Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls was an outstanding season finale. 

There’s obviously loads of spoilers below if you’ve not already seen the episode.

 

The pre-credit sequence felt a little jarring at first, moving the action away from the hospital and to a solar farm, but was over all successful in setting up the episode, bu can we forget about that shuttle coming out the ground? The effect didn’t quite work – but the sight of Cyber-Bill carrying the collapsed Doctor gave people an image to remember. (And one I’m tempted to screenshot for the computers wallpaper).

Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls Review

 

The jarring sensation was used to good effect after opening sequence, as the Doctor awoke to the sight of the Masters debating the best way to kill him.

As the episode settled, the story telling flew fast, and Bills fate as a cyberman was confirmed, The Masters fate post End of Time was suggested, we were told what was happening in the city, and The Doctor received electric shock treatment from a  cyberman.

Fast brutal storytelling. The stuff that a good Doctor Who finale does well.

Thankfully there is space in the episode for character moments. Peal Mackie as Cyber-Bill, stuck in her own perception filter, topped off an amazing season as she struggled to realise what had happened to her.

The Two Masters simply worked fantastically with each other, both slightly scared, kinda flirty with each other, and neither as smart as the Doctor.  The two Masters still seem slightly underused and under developed. As does the relationship that both the Doctor and Nardole seem to have with the kids on the farm.

On the subject of Nardole, I have to admit that I was confused when I heard Matt Lucas was coming back, but the toned down version of his character in this series has only suffered from underuse.

The second half of the episode launched into war movie territory, not full blown action, but one with an unrelenting sense of doom. A sense of doom that only became more fulled as Time Lords fell.

A sense of doom that was only released in the closing crazy moments. As Star Girl reappeared, armed with flash backs to the first episode that almost helped it all make sense and logical.

Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls Review

I’ve not mentioned yet, the speech from The Doctor to The Master Twins, if you ever wanted a manifesto for not just being the The Doctor, but for being a good Time Lord. That was the speech to listen to, and a reminder that perhaps, sometimes its good just to be kind.

After a series like this, it feels too soon too soon to be saying Goodbye to Peter Capaldi. At least we get to say hello again to an old face come Christmas.

Coupling on Netflix!

Sharing this, as I’m far to excited by finding Coupling on Netflix.

This british comedy from Steven Moffat was a little bit like Friends, but British in flavour, and was THE comedy of my university days. And Steves rants (as shown above) were one of the many highlights…

Now Steven Moffat is leaving Doctor Who, and there is no sign of new Sherlock anytime soon, perhaps there is a chance for Coupling?