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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Estate Planning Equation


Imagine if we removed the messy human emotion from distributing our assets, but rather relied on a computer algorithm to divvy up inheritance. 

This is the idea behind Beyond Blood, which is an art project that imagines an algorithm which could be used in the future.  The algorithm looks to who enjoys our possessions with us, subsequently piecing together all of these moments from our lives to determine who deserves to inherit what.  “With ubiquitous computing becoming more affordable, I want my audience to think about a possible world where objects can tell us more about their relationship with people than the very people involved,” says Sures Kumar, the artist-designer of Beyond Blood. 

See Mark Wilson, The Future of Death? An Algorithm That Decides Who Deserves To Inherit All Your Stuff, Fast Company, June 17, 2014. 

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) and Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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