Web Summit: Time capsule ‘like social networking into future’

Forget a message in a bottle: It’s time to put your hopes, dreams, and wishes into an online time capsule.

Emiliano Petronilli of Eternia.com takes a photo with colleagues at the summit yesterday.

That’s the idea behind Eternia, a future-oriented web portal which is exhibiting its service at this year’s Web Summit.

Eternia allows users to record, store, and review the most important moments and emotions of their life, so as to share and donate to whoever they want to in the future — or keep just for themselves.

Co-founder of the website Emiliano Petronilli, who has lived in Cork since 2000, explains how Eternia works: “It’s like your normal social network only it’s into the future.

“Think something along the lines of a time capsule, like PS, I Love You.

“Users can set up an account on Eternia.com,” he said. “You can then send a letter to yourself to be opened in five years time, 10 years time, or 50 years time. If you send it to yourself it will get encrypted into the cloud and it then gets delivered to you, in however many years you specified.”

Randy Braun, global director of product experience, DJI, on the centre stage during day two of the Web Summit.

Eternia is confident the three-day Dublin event will help develop further the company’s business.

“We are hoping to bring our product to the world. Our main aim is to find investors to help us bring our product to the next level,” said Mr Petronilli.

“I have a good feeling about at least two or three contacts that we made here at the Web Summit.”

CEO and founder of the website Giordano Ferrari said the idea of developing the service came to him “like a stroke of lightning”.

“I was thinking about all the effort people go through in order to share and capitalise their lives on various social networks.

Julien Seret, business development director, Aldebaran Robotics, takes Pepper the robot for a walk on the machine stage yesterday. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile /Web Summit

“I was thinking of this contradiction; the more tools we have from social networks which enable us to share our life, the more it devalues what we leave behind as our legacy loses all its initial meaning.”

Mr Ferrari said he had a “sudden epiphany” which soon turned into an obsession.

“I realised that I would love if I could have a virtual place just for myself where the things I store remain under my exclusive ownership; a place where I am in control of what is really important and unique for me, where I can share with and dedicate to whomever I wish and them only thus making my own footprint of life an eternal one.

“You can store your most important contents and pass them on to the people that matter, beyond the limits of your own existence,” Mr Ferrari added.

Mr Petronilli, meanwhile, said the service can have a strong play on emotions.

“I have a four-year-old daughter. I can send a video of a birthday wish for her when she turns 50 and she will receive it when she is 50. Maybe I will be around, maybe I won’t.”

He said the website can also be used by musicians, public figures, and schools.

“Public personas could use the channel to deliver a speech to their followers five years into the future, or schools could make pictures of each class and then send the picture to that class, whatever year in the future, when they finish school.”

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