Humanity Chip Wants To Send Your Time Capsule Into Space

Breakthrough Starshot, but for romantics

Stephen Hawking presents at the Breakthrough Starshot announcement

Stephen Hawking presents at the Breakthrough Starshot announcement

The astrophysicist joined investor Yuri Milner to announce a $100 million initiative to reach Alpha Centauri.Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx

Backed by the scientists who are behind Breakthrough Starshot, a new Kickstarter campaign called "Voices of Humanity" wants to use lasers to propel a tiny spacecraft across the universe. But when it leaves earth, the aim is to include YOU as part of a time capsule.

Voices of Humanity is looking for funding to send hockey puck-sized research vessels into space with sensors attached, but they also want to include information like DNA, names, tweets, thoughts—anything that can be digitized.

The project is clearly going after the "eternal gift" market. Knowing your identity is out there tumbling through space is definitely cooler than a little placard saying you own a star—but let's see if they get the tech off the ground before we go sending them DNA samples.