What we’re calling death tech is any new technology that is used to dispose of a dead body. (The fancy funeral industry word here is “disposition.”) Older forms of death technology might be burial or cremation. Death technology of the future includes methods like aquamation and natural organic reduction.
There are a surprising number of designers who are working toward reforming body disposition, internment, and memorialization. This New York Times article introduces you to some of these ideas and we discuss them in our Eco Death Takeover video.
Technology can also include new green products, cemeteries, and memorialization options. Here are some examples:
- The DeathLab is working on an alternative to cremation and earthen burial and designing new public spaces of remembrance intertwined with everyday life.
- The Santa Coloma de Gramenet Cemetery, outside Barcelona, Spain has converted its municipal burial space into a source for renewable energy with solar panels.
- The African Burial Ground, located in New York, provides memorialization that integrates scholarship, technology, and civic engagement.
- With changing lifestyles, lack of space, and environmental concerns numerous countries in Asia have been reimagining their final resting places like these columbariums in Japan, and a “library” for cremated remains in South Korea.