Recordings of the Dead

As time goes on, and more and more of our lives are observed by and mediated by technology, the data about us will pile up. The data will be sorted - by others, by us. But these recordings have another purpose: they can bring back memories of the dead.

I don't have a recording of my father's voice. I don't have video of him. I have photographs, and some cherished examples of his handwriting. But, more than anything, I wish I had a recording of his voice. Perhaps it's because the ears truly are the window to the soul.

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