You're going to die. What will happen to your online life? | Jed R. Brubaker | TEDxMileHigh

  • Published on Sep 6, 2018
  • These days, social media pervades every aspect of our lives. Our Facebook messages, tweets, Instagram posts are more than just data - they’re our identities, our life stories. So what happens to our online lives when we die? Unfortunately, many tech companies don’t have a solution. Scholar & researcher Jed R. Brubaker does.
    An Assistant Professor and founding member of the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Jed R. Brubaker is best known for his research on digital afterlives, interactions with post-mortem data, and how to improve the management of accounts and personal data after we die. He was the lead researcher on Facebook’s post-mortem solution, Legacy Contact. In the physical world, Jed’s life is full of adventure -- he has camped at National Parks with his cat and spent weekends with elephants in Sri Lanka. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 183

  • Joyce Long
    Joyce Long 2 days ago

    It is still be there online

  • Mad Dawg
    Mad Dawg 5 months ago

    this is the most irrelevant ted talk yet

  • YorkshireD
    YorkshireD 9 months ago +1

    Easy. Just don't use social media. Lived without it before and will live without it now.

  • S J
    S J 9 months ago

    This is the most American tedx talk I have ever watched.
    My family and close friends don't care about my social media now or when I'm dead, and I want that stuff deleated.

  • Edward W. Hood
    Edward W. Hood 9 months ago

    Facebook is the last company on Earth that should be in control of managing online identities. Google is a close 2nd.

  • Edward W. Hood
    Edward W. Hood 9 months ago

    Mass Address is the solution.

  • Theolin Naidoo
    Theolin Naidoo 9 months ago

    It’s like getting your own Wikipedia page

  • Jacob Beishline
    Jacob Beishline 9 months ago

    He forgets that there is a lot of tech things we do that ashame us. When we die, our families see that as they make those galleries and memorialize our texts

  • istiklalcaddesi
    istiklalcaddesi 9 months ago

    Lets hope our accounts get stolen before we die so they can live in harmony 😁

  • Think Share
    Think Share 9 months ago

    This is great! I'm updating my legacy contact right now! I've thought of creating a video to keep private until I die and have my wife publish on youtube when I die as my final message.

  • Shubham Benani
    Shubham Benani 9 months ago

    I'll gonna make a code like Jim moriyartiy from sherlock holmes! "Did you miss me?" gonna give little heart attack!

  • PaiN ExoTiC
    PaiN ExoTiC 9 months ago

    I don't have an online life. Yes, I have a youtube and post on youtube but there is no way to connect it back to my real identity. I recognize the importance of anonymity.

  • Debra Smith
    Debra Smith 9 months ago +1

    This should be motivation for us to ensure that we are doing good things for humanity.
    Your great grandchildren will read your postings and know what kind of person you are right now.

  • alt an
    alt an 9 months ago

    idk but he's so much similar to Vsauce

  • Pothan Chandran
    Pothan Chandran 9 months ago

    It is scarry to think that I will not know that myself and my loved ones ever lived. What's therefor to hide while we live!!

  • zebble ganubi
    zebble ganubi 9 months ago

    why was this recommended to me? google? i am going to die!?

  • Всеволод Волков

    His husband...

    ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ 9 months ago

    Did he say he has a husband?

  • Duraticate reef
    Duraticate reef 9 months ago

    What a great show! I was there in the audience! Thank you TEDx for being awesome and sharing amazing people

  • Psyfer
    Psyfer 9 months ago

    who cares...

  • Pibbity Bibbity
    Pibbity Bibbity 9 months ago

    Dude, settle down. It’s social media, not real life. You don’t really have 561 (or whatever number) friends who truly care about you.

  • RMA
    RMA 9 months ago +1

    0.2 X 0.3 = ??? GENIUS GUYS ANS PLEASE ………

  • David Gaugamela
    David Gaugamela 9 months ago

    I pray that when I die they delete my browsing history....

  • Lotus Bee
    Lotus Bee 9 months ago

    When we die it won’t matter what is on the internet about us . This topic is kind of ridiculous. None of this BS will matter.

    • pokekitty1
      pokekitty1 9 months ago

      it will affect those we leave behind and the account becomes an easy target to identify thieves that thinks nobody will care if they rob a bank and pretend to be us because we are dead.

  • Robert allan
    Robert allan 9 months ago

    Who cares, I'll be dead.

  • malva_ diary
    malva_ diary 9 months ago +1

    Social networking site should have option whether user want archive his or her profile after death.

  • Alejandro Jimenez
    Alejandro Jimenez 9 months ago

    so he is a... professional stalker?

  • MrFloppypancakes
    MrFloppypancakes 9 months ago

    RIP Ashley

  • Ritvik Tuteja
    Ritvik Tuteja 9 months ago

    Facebook, Instagram etc. is the social grave!!!

  • Commander Appo
    Commander Appo 9 months ago +1

    I plan to cure death by using cancer cells, so I’m afraid The is is irrelevant 😄

  • Dark Philosopher
    Dark Philosopher 9 months ago +8

    I am so glad that I don't care about whether or not I am remembered or how long or what light I am remembered in. When I die, folks can toss my body in a ditch and make jokes about how glad they are that they don't have to put up with all my talking anymore, basically the same thing goes for the internet. It isn't that I have a grim outlook on my own death, it is just that I don't care how I am remembered as I will eventually be forgotten no matter how I am remembered.

  • Air Elegant
    Air Elegant 9 months ago

    Great sharing there

  • Daniela Arias
    Daniela Arias 9 months ago

    Thank you!

  • D.G. Starick, Esq.
    D.G. Starick, Esq. 9 months ago

    Anything built by mankind will always fall in the end

  • John Kay
    John Kay 9 months ago

    I hope our successors will understand our coding...

  • Sepia Smith
    Sepia Smith 9 months ago

    this raises all those times I've woken up at night, terrified that I could die suddenly and my girlfriend, who lives 3,000 miles away, wouldn't know for days, weeks... In reality, my parents have her contact information as well so they'd probably let her know. She might even be able to come to my funeral. But what about the other online friends? Tumblr accounts that suddenly go quiet. Casual friends who will never know... they'll just think I stopped posting. God it's chilling.

  • Sepia Smith
    Sepia Smith 9 months ago

    a very interesting conversation

  • renata rosa
    renata rosa 9 months ago

    Some friends has died in the last few years and I knew by facebook, one of them anounced his suicide on facebook. The first one, an old roomate who lived in São Paulo, is still in instagram and I found all the things he experienced in the last years in his videos, as he was still alive. It was a big shock for me. I dont want to live in social media after my death, i want to live inside people who loved me. So I gave up social media. But I still has instagram. I dont want to be a zombie after death.

  • Dunning Kruger
    Dunning Kruger 9 months ago +5

    My comments will live on.... getting replies and Upvotes. Angry people replying to my brand of trolling.... and I'm not even around lol.

  • Noel Down
    Noel Down 9 months ago +2

    Bollocks. Data doesn't become memories. It stays data that these companies can keep analysing and trading. Your loved ones visiting your page will lead to contextual ads for funeral services and will lawyers.
    Also, you have a lab (whatever that means) and all you've managed to achieve is to get Facebook to add a Legacy Friend feature? Why don't you tell us what your lab really does?

    • kzhines
      kzhines 9 months ago

      Hi, I am part of Dr. Brubaker's research lab. The Legacy Contact work was done in 2015, but it's what TEDx asked him to talk about. A Google search will show you everything our lab has done since then.

  • Commander Peridot
    Commander Peridot 9 months ago

    Is anyone else sobbing right now

  • Spoderman4
    Spoderman4 9 months ago +17

    I don't care because I'm gonna be dead, remember? The bugs will eat my rotting body

  • Kevin Marchwiak
    Kevin Marchwiak 9 months ago +1

    Its not changing us. Its exposing us.

  • Treasuretrails RS
    Treasuretrails RS 9 months ago +29

    They better not delete this comment after I die, this is my legacy!

  • MG D
    MG D 9 months ago

    I’m not crying, you’re crying.

  • Lia
    Lia 9 months ago +1

    I don't use social media so I guess when I'm dead I'm dead

  • Alice In Wonderland ASMR

    İnteresting very much

  • ashwater skydust
    ashwater skydust 9 months ago


  • Huỳnh Thái Bảo
    Huỳnh Thái Bảo 9 months ago

    yeah,thanks for this videos

  • Raimundo Nonato Justino da Costa

    Gracias! 💖🙌

  • Raquel Gutierrez
    Raquel Gutierrez 9 months ago

    This is exactly what I was thinking about a couple of years ago I’m glad someone’s doing research and analysis stayed on it

  • Cass B
    Cass B 9 months ago

    Google has an option in their settings that you can turn on to email someone instructions about what to do with your information if you don't access your account for a certain time period.

  • Mark N.
    Mark N. 9 months ago +6

    Who still uses Facebook?

  • Dj Morgan
    Dj Morgan 9 months ago +23

    All i care for is for someone to quickly to make a google watch that detects that i have died and it erases my Chrome browser instantly.

  • kex4me
    kex4me 9 months ago

    this was an amazing speech

    JLUXEE 9 months ago

    Our online profiles our identites”
    yea to people who fuckin post everything goin on in their life
    You won’t know me by being on my social media because I wouldn’t post nothing personal besides some photos that aren’t about me anyways
    I’d rather not let everyone know what I’m up to

  • Ahmet kaya
    Ahmet kaya 9 months ago

    Türkçe alt yazı ekleyecek kimse yok mu

  • Goat Farm Productions
    Goat Farm Productions 9 months ago

    I get the best reception from up here in Heaven.

  • ruby99
    ruby99 9 months ago +1

    he lookalike tom hiddleston in the thumbnail

  • bigbabyjesus jealousonestillenvy

    I pray to an old bearded white man in the sky, I'm going to live forever

    • Hunter Sterling
      Hunter Sterling 9 months ago

      Praise God, the flying Scottish man in the sky.

  • Sartika Biswas
    Sartika Biswas 9 months ago

    I had this in my mind from a long time that, what will happen after we r died?

  • Junior Farias
    Junior Farias 9 months ago

    That's why 2100?

  • Anônimo Legal
    Anônimo Legal 9 months ago

    This man is crazy man, sure. No one will live in a psichotic world create by tecnology! We are live creatures on the real world. This digital world is also a part of the lufe, not the lufe itself...

  • NL_LikelyGlobal
    NL_LikelyGlobal 9 months ago


    HISSEN DAOUD 9 months ago

    thank you god for everything you gave me

  • Jzilla
    Jzilla 9 months ago

    Privacy. More like We can watch you in private. Most phones have caneras and mics.

  • Ivan Nazarenko
    Ivan Nazarenko 9 months ago +4

    Just don't die ok? Be careful and live before you don't need any social network.

  • Paul Tremblay
    Paul Tremblay 9 months ago

    Serious issue when you have descendents, children, spouses and grandchildren.

  • Vikram Srinivasan
    Vikram Srinivasan 9 months ago +9

    The problem is "We are attaching emotions to machines". We need to learn to "live without"

  • Debra Nichols
    Debra Nichols 9 months ago

    I was SETUP Online by Exhusband and Police Dept for CRIMES I DID NOT DO! But I was going to Prison

  • Divineshot 314
    Divineshot 314 9 months ago +7

    We are all data to the system.

  • Debra Nichols
    Debra Nichols 9 months ago

    My Ex Husband STOLE my Idenity and Accounts ONLINE SET ME UP with the Police Dept my Reports of crimes were closed by Police 8 X. I was going to Prison for 200 years for Cyber Crimes until I turned in Police Dept to DOJ. NOW the Ex husband little ganster is in FEDERAL PRISON. I still to this Day am being attacked by his Criminal Friends! Unserstand THIS IS REAL AND ANYONE CAN BE SETUP FOR ANYTHING ONLINE

  • Baktygul Myrzaeva
    Baktygul Myrzaeva 9 months ago


  • YuYa
    YuYa 9 months ago +41

    After watching this video, I think I should start posting good stuff on my wall maybe after I die people will remember me with good and smile :)

    • Graham Miles
      Graham Miles Month ago

      What kind of bad stuff you posting?the good bad stuff?

    • YuYa
      YuYa 9 months ago

      @Eric Hrahsel exactly!!

    • Eric Hrahsel
      Eric Hrahsel 9 months ago +1

      Yes, at least they will know what kinda person you are, and may also feature your posts in a book or make a story or eulogy

    • JM A
      JM A 9 months ago

      People will remember you by the things you do not what you post

    • YuYa
      YuYa 9 months ago +1

      @Ícaro Adriano if they don't remember you then your life is meaningless..

  • Sample Owner
    Sample Owner 9 months ago

    I don't care

  • Sunny Yadav
    Sunny Yadav 9 months ago

    I do not have a very vibrant "Online Life".

  • josh ch
    josh ch 9 months ago +2

    No I'm not shut up

  • Ashim Sapkota
    Ashim Sapkota 9 months ago +14

    One of my friend died.....her insta profile froze in time!!😥😥

    • packson jollock
      packson jollock 9 months ago

      BibiBosh why do you think? because its against instagram's policy to post pictures from the afterlife

    • BibiBosh
      BibiBosh 9 months ago

      Ashim Sapkota how?

  • Mermaid Whispers
    Mermaid Whispers 9 months ago

    Interesting I’ve always wondered about that

  • mhtinla
    mhtinla 9 months ago +21

    It's arrogant to assume companies like Facebook or Google will last forever. It's quite the opposite, in this digital age. In the early 2000's, I was an early adopter of a photo sharing site (before the term "social media" was coined) and deposited lots of photos there. That site was taken over by another and later scratched and I lost all my photos.

  • Good controversial unicorn

    Thats what I was thinking just now lol 😂

  • lohphat
    lohphat 9 months ago

    All my passwords are in a password manager. My executor will login and delete my accounts.

  • Ayşenur Kapan
    Ayşenur Kapan 9 months ago +3

    Ya şu seminerlerin Türkçe alt yazısı neden yok 😑

  • I am the cat
    I am the cat 9 months ago +8

    FB told me I was dead. It was weird.

    • Mashed Potatoes
      Mashed Potatoes 9 months ago

      I am the cat how does it detect if you have died

    • I am the cat
      I am the cat 9 months ago +1

      TheWeird RU-clipPhase yeah, when I saw it, I was like: wow is this the after life? XD

    • MixMixMix Youtube phase
      MixMixMix Youtube phase 9 months ago

      I am the cat omfg really...?

  • سر الحياة غاية الوجود

    ترجم المقاطع رجاء ياااصحاب القناه ترجم اريد نستفاد شجاك

  • helen Xalil
    helen Xalil 9 months ago +1

    I am from kurdistan ..well done

  • Powah
    Powah 9 months ago +72

    We're all living in a simulation so we'll just go back to being reptillians.

    • Phrygian Dominant
      Phrygian Dominant 9 months ago +3

      Even if we are living in a simulation, we're still 'real' in our own version of reality.
      Also, who created the simulation that we live in, and who before them?

    • Sentinel Returns
      Sentinel Returns 9 months ago +3

      You are brother of justinY aren't you

  • Chiara DeV
    Chiara DeV 9 months ago +77

    It scares me and fascinate me at the same time: I will not have privacy even after my death but, on the other hand, I'll be in a certain way immortal.

    • Milly Monroe
      Milly Monroe 2 months ago

      Or it will be deleted after so much time of inactivity

    • Ikmal Axl
      Ikmal Axl 9 months ago +1

      Tq for giving me a little feel of immortality

  • Senura Kaduwela
    Senura Kaduwela 9 months ago +4

    My legacy will live on RU-clip 🤣👍

  • Fé Bean
    Fé Bean 9 months ago +2

    All my password are written down with my will and testaments my lawyers has them. And there is a copy in a bank vault. I will live after I am gone.

    • Fé Bean
      Fé Bean 9 months ago

      blueberry snowman There is an app for that. It alerts my lawyers that my master password has been changed.

    • blueberry snowman
      blueberry snowman 9 months ago

      M G then they would update their information

    • M G
      M G 9 months ago

      How about if you change your passwords!?

    • Fé Bean
      Fé Bean 9 months ago

      blueberry snowman ha ha 😆

    • blueberry snowman
      blueberry snowman 9 months ago +1

      Fé lmao nice you won’t lose your snapchat streaks

  • TylerGo Tv
    TylerGo Tv 9 months ago +3

    People, nowadays, are busy in being famous. However, they don't want to make friends they don't know. Social life has come to an end. Social networking websites where socialism is unavailable.

    XxSMASHED _POTATOESxX 9 months ago +3

    I’m so early

  • Rich Averitt
    Rich Averitt 9 months ago

    I want to live.I'm of ill health and I ain't telling my fam my passwords evah

  • James cooper
    James cooper 9 months ago +10

    *जितना बडा सपना होगा*
    *उतनी बडी तकलीफें होगी*
    *और जितनी बडी*
    *तकलीफें होगी उतनी* *बडी*
    *कामयाबी होगी*
    ✍🏼🐾 🐩🐾✍🏼
    *कर्म करो तो फल मिलता है,*
    *आज नहीं तो कल* *मिलता है।*
    *जितना गहरा अधिक हो कुँआ,*
    *उतना मीठा जल मिलता है ।*
    *जीवन के हर कठिन प्रश्न का,*
    *जीवन से ही हल मिलता है।

    • Shaggy
      Shaggy 9 months ago +4

      The bigger the dreams,the bigger the problems.
      The bigger the problems,bigger will be the success.
      Do your work,u'll get the result coz the deeper is the well,sweeter is the water.
      Every hard question the life asks,life has an answer....
      Huh..ur welcome😂

    • Shaggy
      Shaggy 9 months ago

      @BenThirty Productions 😂😂

    • BenThirty Productions
      BenThirty Productions 9 months ago +2


  • Salah Sanad
    Salah Sanad 9 months ago +4

    Let's see , first time to wach a speech after just of a few minutes of its release

  • James cooper
    James cooper 9 months ago +10

    When someone die he have to live on social media? Because sharing things and showoff is priority of social media 😀🙏

  • PvT
    PvT 9 months ago +7

    To me it is actually heart breaker. I will not exist but the things that I said, shared will still be on internet as if I am alive.

  • BlackHero700
    BlackHero700 9 months ago +10


  • Abhinav Jain
    Abhinav Jain 9 months ago +7

    serious Issue........xD

  • Manisha Thakur
    Manisha Thakur 9 months ago +3

    Whatever anyone say...pls show it on screen so that it will be easy for us who don't understand such fast English properly...