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An algorithm that decides who deserves to inherit your wealth

The concept is attractive, for it seemingly removes hurt feelings from an emotionally charged process.
The concept is attractive, for it seemingly removes hurt feelings from an emotionally charged process.

This article puts forward a most intriguing idea: a computer algorithm that would determine who —siblings, extended family members, the house maid or others—gets to inherit a deceased’s assets. The concept is attractive on its face, for it seemingly removes emotion—and hurt feelings—from a process fraught with difficulties. Assuming such an algorithm could be brought to fruition, however, its use might still run into challenges. Among them: Algorithm-derived recommendations at totally odds with the desires of those with a vested stake in an inheritance — including the individual doing the bequeathing. 


—Warren S. Hersch
When we die, we rely on wills to distribute our assets. It's intrinsically a subjective experience--we choose who deserves what--but imagine if we removed all that messy human emotion from the equation and instead left our inheritances to a computer algorithm. This is the idea behind Beyond Blood, by artist-designer Sures Kumar.

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