Researchers at Microsoft are working on an "immortal computing" project, which would "let people store digital information in physical artifacts and other forms to be preserved and revealed to future generations, and maybe even to future civilizations."
One scenario the researchers envision: People could store messages to descendants, information about their lives or interactive holograms of themselves for access by visitors at their tombstones or urns.How long will it work before Grandma gets the Blue Screen of Death?
And here's where the notion of immortality really kicks in: The researchers say the artifacts could be symbolic representations of people, reflecting elements of their personalities. The systems might be set up to take action -- e-mailing birthday greetings to people identified as grandchildren, for example. [Link]