technology podcast #340

Greener Alternatives to Cremation?

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What you’re looking at here could be the future of death. Or something. It’s called a “resomator,” and it’s being billed as a technology, and a process, that is cleaner and greener than cremation. The process is called alkaline hydrolysis, and you’ll be glad to know you’re already dead should you choose to go through it. Essentially, the body is liquified, and then disposed of. In this week’s episode of the Technology Podcast, you’ll hear about a Scottish company that’s set up a resomation facility in Florida. In the same piece, you’ll also learn about another process that bills itself as a cremation alternative. It’s called “promession,” and instead of liquifying you, it freeze-dries you. If, however, you insist on cremation, you can always choose to have your ashes shot into space. And yes, we’ll have an item on that this week as well. See, WTP takes care of you, even after you’re gone! By the way, if you’d like to find out about a few more ways to bid your earthly remains good-bye, here’s an article for you. You’re welcome.

Also in this episode, we’ll hear about the latest in drone technology, and the ethical issues in using drones in war.

And finally, could the kind of memory-wiping seen in the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind be closer than we think? And if so, what are the implications of using it? We’ll have a good discussion on the topic.

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