What will we leave behind in this new digital age? As digital technology takes an ever-increasing role in our lives, one question is how we’ll manage our collections after we’re gone. What takes the place of shoeboxes full of pictures and dog-eared record albums? Get an inside look at Microsoft researcher Richard Banks’s thinking about how we might manage the digital artifacts and content we’re creating now—and how we might pass on or inherit these kinds of items in the future.
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Stuff and sentimentality
Chapter 1 Getting sentimental
Keeping things safe
Keeping things for ourselves
Keeping things for an audience
Keeping things for legacy
A sense of obligation
Sentiment, not archaeology
A sentimental point of view
Heirlooms with function
Adding your own layer of sentiment
Chapter 2 Attributes of the physical and the digital
Richard Banks is an interaction designer in the Microsoft Research Socio-Digital Systems group, part of the Computer Mediated Living group in the Microsoft Research Cambridge facility. He works primarily on the design of new user experiences for people’s everyday lives.