The Bigger Picture
When you think about someone you cared for that passed away, what do you wish you could ask them now?
How about the important people in your life? When you’re gone, what do you think they would like to know?
These questions can be tough to answer directly, as they are more obvious when we are experiencing something. Let’s say we’re cooking and we add a certain ingredient that people have often tried to guess – and failed! However, you’d like one particular person to know that information so you make a mental note to tell them at some point. Whether you do or not, depends partly on whether you remember and partly as to whether it comes up in conversation.
Now let’s widen the view to all the other things that would be useful for our loved ones to know about. Not just useful in terms of passwords and documents, but the more emotional stuff…a moment in time you captured on camera but actually had some thoughts about it too. Or a memory that came flooding back when you looked at the sea that time…and it meant so much. How can we be sure that the people who matter will be able to know about these things when we’re gone?
The most common place we store our memories is in our phone, but even then, how can anyone else know how we’ve categorised things? How can people retrospectively add meaning to items if they weren’t there to know the context.
When we started to build Grace we tried to work out how to solve this in a way that didn’t involve people having to manually record lots of information. Existing services like Once I’ve Gone, do a really good job of enabling you to manually upload stuff, and provided you pay for cloud storage, you can use it as a memory bank for documents. For us though, we felt that this experience isn’t as intuitive or as simple as it could be. In fact, the way people use technology now (and expect technology to deliver seamless experiences) means that the problem goes deeper than uploading content. Also, we’re not interested in selling cloud storage so we immediately realised we would offer the features of our competitors free-of-charge.
Then we looked at virtual assistants. After all, if an assistant is ‘with us’ then it could be useful in our daily life in terms of adding meaning to the things we do, so that those contexts can be recalled at a later stage by people who matter to us. What we found, however, was that assistants are offered by companies who are essentially getting you to profile yourself so that adverts and/or products can be marketed to you more effectively.
In our opinion, this is nothing to do with post-life planning and everything to do with exploiting you and your data.
So then we thought about how to take the technologies available, from machine-learning to chatbots everything in-between, and create a super intuitive system that could help simplify your life now, and of those around you when you’re no longer here. We essentially set-out to create a legacy machine, with sensitivity.
Grace is an elegant assistant that helps you simplify things whilst creating your legacy – which, after all, is what we’re doing every day we’re alive. Grace helps you build a true resemblance of your life which can be passed down for generations to come.
Grace connects and collects information that you ask her to – but you still own your data and the platform is extraordinarily secure. Grace can’t actually ‘see’ your information, only the relationship between various parts that you’ve asked her to correlate or link together.
Grace learns about you. She listens, she understands, she prompts you gently.
You can talk to her and tell her where things are, so you don’t forget. The more you use her the better she will understand you and the easier it will be for the people that matter to access what you’d like them to.
You can list all of your favourite things, what you enjoy, where you’re going, where you’ve been, restaurants, memorable holidays, stories, messages, memoirs even favourite (and top secret!) family recipes. You will even be able to record your own voice and, if desired, create a digital version of yourself that can speak on your behalf after you’ve gone, with your voice, With Grace.
When you think about the legacy you are wanting to leave behind, think about all the individual things that make you uniquely you. These are the amazing things Grace records to enable the future of your family and loved ones to continue to know you. Your legacy will remain in the tapestry of personal details you create With Grace.