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考研英语外刊:硅谷做起殡葬新生意 | 双语
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纽约时报:19.6.27硅谷做起殡葬新生意:把骨灰埋进森林

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It is all pretty low-tech: mix ashes in with dirt and put a little placard in the soil. But there is a tech element: For an extra fee, customers can have a digital memorial video made. Walking through the forest, visitors will be able to scan a placard and watch a 12-minute digital portrait of the deceased talking straight to the camera about his or her life. Some will allow their videos to be viewed by anyone walking through the forest, others will opt only for family members. Privacy settings will be decided before death.As cities are running out of room to bury the dead, the cost of funerals and caskets has increased more than twice as fast as prices for all commodities. In the San Francisco Bay Area, a traditional funeral and plot burial often costs $15,000 to $20,000. The majority of Americans are now choosing to be cremated.

这全都没有太多技术含量:把骨灰和泥土混合起来,在土里插上一小块标牌。但其中也有技术因素:只要额外付费,顾客就可以制作一个数字纪念视频。在森林里走过时,访客可以通过扫描标牌,观看一段12分钟的视频介绍,逝者将直面镜头讲述自己的一生。一些人会允许任何走过树林的人观看他们的视频,另一些人则选择只允许家属观看。隐私设置将在生前确定。随着埋葬死者的空间即将耗尽,很多城市葬礼和棺材花费的增长速度超过了所有商品的两倍。在旧金山湾区,一个传统葬礼和墓地土葬开支通常在1.5万美元至2万美元。大多数美国人如今选择火化。

1. ash   英 [æʃ]   美 [æʃ]  

n.灰;灰烬;废墟;骨灰

复数: ashes

2. portrait   英 [ˈpɔːtreɪt]   美 [ˈpɔːrtrət]  

n.肖像;半身画像;半身照;详细的描述;描绘

adj.竖向的;纵向打印格式的

复数: portraits

3. deceased   英 [dɪˈsiːst]   美 [dɪˈsiːst]  

adj.死去了的;已死的;亡故的;死者;已故者

复数: deceased

4. privacy   英 [ˈprɪvəsi]   美 [ˈpraɪvəsi]  

n.隐私;私密;不受公众干扰的状态

复数: privacies

5. element   英 [ˈelɪmənt]   美 [ˈelɪmənt]  

n.要素;基本部分;典型部分;少量;有点;有些;(大团体或社会中的)一组,一群,一伙

复数: elements

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