“It was weeks later that she was at a party and realized she'd been texting with her dead friend's bot for 30 minutes.”

Texting with the dead


Mon, Mar 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Using bits of digital presence from text messages, tweets and Facebook posts to create tone, vocabulary and expressions, Eugenia Kuyda built an AI chatbot based on the personality of a dead friend. An interesting experiment, but open for future possibilities: with Facebook set to become the biggest digital graveyard, many technology companies are trying to figure out how to deal with death. Perhaps an AI powered version of ourselves may be the answer — at least, until CRISPR is set loose on the world.

I had several long conversations with Roman -- or I should say his bot. And while the technology wasn't perfect, it certainly captured what I imagine to be his ethos -- his humor, his fears, how hopeless he felt at work sometimes. He had angst about doing something meaningful. I learned he was lonely but was glad that he'd left Moscow for the West Coast. I learned we had similar tastes in music. He seemed to like deep conversations, he was a bit sad, and you know he would've been fun on a night out.



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