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Selfies from the afterlife

Dying is a raw deal for everyone, but it's way worse for those whose living years were spent consumed by FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Let's face it: Unless you plan on riding this planet right to the brink of rapture, you're going to miss pretty much everything that happens after you peace out. This may be the Ultimate Inconvenience. What is technology doing about it?

The answer, right now, is SafeBeyond, a new app that can grant you "presence" from beyond the grave [thunderclap] by letting you record, store, and deliver video and social media messages to loved ones in the hopefully distant, you-less future.


PRO: Videos and posts can be set to posthumously pop up at precise moments (like a blessing before a wedding, or creepy ghost noises every Tuesday night at 3:15 a.m.), or when the recipient approaches precise geotagged locations (like the town overlook where you first necked, or that tool closet in the basement where you keep those magazines). Also, imagining all the possible ways to mess with your still-kicking friends using this app is like gazing into infinity itself.

CON: It's not a hologram of you, so just forget about that right now. Also, SafeBeyond doesn't really do anything unless you're dead. My condolences in advance. You were really something.


Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at mbrodeur@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.