Many aspects of our future life will beby others. Our cars will be able to fly. Perhaps we will live on Mars. Perhaps we will revive extinct species. Sounds interesting, right? Well, for some it may be so, but we will all eventually die. This does not change (probably). However, in the future there will be interesting ways to diversify the process of one’s own funeral. After all, man’s last desire is law. And after death there is nothing interesting. Your body plunges three meters under the ground in a wooden coffin, decomposes and becomes food for microorganisms. Only a handful of bones remain.
How can one decorate this unenviable fate? Let's look at futuristic and exotic funeral options.
- 1 Go to space after death
- 2 Retire in a futuristic Buddhist temple
- 3 Turn your remains into diamonds
- 4 Continue living as a coral reef
- 5 Let the mushrooms consume your cold corpse
- 6 Bury yourself on a floating island
- 7 Resurrect, thanks to artificial intelligence
Go to space after death
The launch of cremated remains into space becomesincreasingly popular trends in the USA. Mesoloft, a company that specializes in launching human remains to a height of about 24,084 meters (80,000 feet) using balloons, is one of many businesses that offer you to go to heaven after death. But why?
Alex Clements of Melosoft answers simply: "I think people are tired of packing in a wooden box in the ground."
Once at an altitude of 24,384 meters - stillfar from real space, which starts at an altitude of 100,000 meters, an Arduino-controlled robot releases your ashes into the atmosphere by recording a short video that can be shown to friends and family at a funeral.
Retire in a futuristic Buddhist temple
Funeral services in Japan are extremelyexpensive. However, a futuristic cemetery called Ruriden at the Kukokuji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo offers a more affordable option: a cabinet for cremated remains and a small illuminated Buddha statue (see image above). This is cooler than it sounds, believe me.
According to Motherboard, in the temple more than 2000such statues lined up in a row. Immediately behind them are the real remains of people. With the help of a smart card system, visitors can save information about their dearly beloved loved ones: the necessary statues will light up, welcoming their “relatives”.
How much does this venture cost? $ 6,600 per seat, and $ 80 annual maintenance. Believe me, traditional funerals in Japan cost much more - tens of thousands of dollars.
Turn your remains into diamonds
There is a reason they are sometimes called“Blood diamonds” - a lot of blood is shed in the process of extraction, honing, selling, cutting and gluing a shiny precious piece to a jewelry item. But there are alternatives. Moissanite, for example, is an artificial diamond that sparkles just as brightly. And now you (technically, your dead body) can shine like a diamond.
Exactly. Your cremated remains can be crushed into a diamond on an industrial machine.
According to LifeGem, which areOwners of the only diamond manufacturing factory in the United States, the process involves heating the carbon extracted from the remains to high temperatures and placing it under a special diamond press. After cutting and polishing on a diamond, you can cut the initials or other identifiers. Romance.
Continue living as a coral reef
If you would prefer your remains to servea more useful goal - say, fragile underwater ecosystems defended - they can be tied to a “riffball”. This ball imitates reef material and allows marine life to cling to it.
The company is developing such ballsEternal Reefs. She uses a special concrete mix and combines it with your cremated remains. Once immersed in the ocean, a reef ball made of concrete and your body will attract marine life and provide another shelter from the hardships of fate.
Let the mushrooms eat your cold corpse
Despite the fact that look at something (sorry forpun), as a decaying body forms a natural environment with nutrients for others, unpleasantly, these are the laws of nature. But if you pump up the body with formaldehyde and use non-biodegradable materials in clothing, this mixture will not break up in dozens, if not hundreds of years.
Artist Ja Rim Lee and CEO Ceoio found moreEarth-friendly alternative to traditional western burial. She invented the Infinity Burial Suit: a full-body suit that grows mushrooms that can digest nails, hair, and bones. The spores of these “eternal mushrooms” are introduced into the clothes of the corpse, which greatly speeds up the decomposition process.
Bury yourself on a floating island
If the suburban cemetery is too boring for you,consider moving to Hong Kong. Once there, you can be buried aboard the Floating Eternity, a sea cemetery that was created specifically to unload the growing number of deaths in Hong Kong.
Although technically unavailable to customers,a floating cemetery will be able to accommodate the ashes of 370,000 people. The project is carried out by the architectural company BREAD, which designed a circular path that allows you to see the cemetery from any angle.
Resurrect thanks to artificial intelligence
Alright, what to do with your physical body, wealready discussed. But what about your consciousness? The loading of consciousness into the Web is still science fiction. But at least it is not yet possible to revive consciousness, you can recreate your version, which will act (at least approximately) like you.
Various companies like the Swedish Fenix Begravinguse ingenious AI algorithms to create interactive digital personalities based on the dead. As they say in Fenix, a terrible ethereal personality allows you to "hear a voice from the other world."
While a digital copy of a person can mimiconly reading text by a deceased person, but in the future, Fenix hopes to expand functionality. The algorithm itself is powered by social networks, chat conversations and even people's e-mail.