Finally, an Afterlife Validated by Science


Where do we go? auger-loizeau.com

From the James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau are heavily invested in the intersection of science, technology and art, generating such evocative works as the Interstitial Space Helmet and the Audio Tooth Implant. And in their 2009 project "Afterlife," the spell out a scientifically-validated afterlife for a human species obsessed with the realms beyond death.

Because what really awaits us on the other side? Heaven? Hell? Reincarnation. Annihilation? Even the future prospects of cryonic reanimation or digitized consciousness are existentially problematic.

So Auger and Loizeau take what we know about the afterlife -- the star-born chemicals in our body, the process of decay after death -- and devise a method of harnessing the resulting energy. A sub-casket microbial fuel cell harness the chemical energy of decay, generating electricity from organic matter. This energy goes into a traditional dry-cell battery and then your true afterlife can take a variety of forms. Your survivors might use the batter to play a favorite song, to shine a light in the dark or power up that Furby you loved as a kid.

In this, they offer a funeral service that "acknowledges ourselves as chemical entities providing perhaps the only genuine guarantee of life after death." Let's watch:

So where would you want your afterlife batteries to go?


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.