Realize Eternity … through Blogging, Twitter, and Facebook?

“By the end of this year there will be a billion people on this planet that actively use social networking sites. The one thing they all have in common is that they’re going to die.” 

So begins Adam Ostrow’s fleeting TED talk. 

One implication of where the technology’s going: the more you put out there, the more accurate will be your post-mortem, computer generated blog simulation. Imagine, Wild Fox Zen and Monkey Mind, etc., off-gassing for eternity!

The holographic everybody is also not so far off. A computer generated, three-dimensional representation that will be able to predict our reaction to events in the future, based on our thousands of entries on Blogger, Twitter, and Facebook, showing up in “real time.”

Dead people might be attending family functions, giving dharma talks … oh, and how about this – even ordaining living people as priests – all from the grave.

Oh, the possibilities! Dogen-zenji might show up at the local Zen Center for a talk – the Shobogenzo and Eiheikoroku oughta be enough data to simulate something! Or how about, this on a marquee: 

“This Sunday at the Everything is Beautiful Zen Center, Shakyamuni Buddha meets Hakuin.”

Ok. I’ve had too much coffee this morning and better go grocery shopping in a unsimulated manner. 

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