People are living with increased dichotomy and split personalities. It is now apparent that most humans participating in the modern world have both an analog life and a digital one as well.
One, we live by the clock, in our flesh body, day to day, at home and work, with our spouse or friends. The other is the representation of ourselves within the cloud. The social media version. The Facebook us.
March 29, 2011, the internet killed Jackie Chan, the action movie star of “Rush Hour” fame. Twitter was abuzz with rumors of the famous actor’s death. But Chan had only died in digital form. His analog self was still exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen.
The future holds many perils and promises. One of them is that our analog lives will surely end. But our digital lives will be eternal. It may become more important to ensure the digital you lives on, unimpeded and forever, as we leave our terrestrial bodies. The digital self will be the person we leave behind to carry on our mission into tomorrow. What do you want your digital self to accomplish 100 years after your death?
Thankfully, Chan was able to digitally resurrect himself by posting a photograph of his analog body on the web. Fans around the world breathed a combined sigh of relief. The lesson here is the future may not be so forgiving. Protect both versions of yourself. Eternity is a long haul, especially for those of us who do not possess the ability to resurrect.