Just for a moment, let’s take a step back from all the politics swirling in the air. Let’s take a road trip to someplace unexpected: your nearest cemetery.

Chances are, you or someone you know has a loved one buried in a graveyard with a neat headstone depicting their names and life span. For every person buried in a cemetery, there is a life worth commemoration. Now funeral directors in Dorset, England are employing smartphone technology to provide a revolutionary way to remember loved ones. 

We’re all familiar with Quick Response (QR) codes. The matrix barcode omnipresent in advertising for all products from cereal to retail stores may now provide the perfect tool to pay tribute to loved ones. The QR codes can be placed on headstones or memorials and when scanned, lead users to an online profile of the deceased. Consider it: sometimes when you walk through cemeteries, you wonder who Admiral John Doe was, what his life may have been like, and some history about him. With this technology, this information may become more readily available for both families and curious passerby.

So, what do you think? Is this a useful way to connect families with their deceased older generations? Is this a way of keeping history alive with new technology? Or do you feel that this is an infringement upon the dead’s privacy?

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