"A bot that, as you interact with it, turns into a digital representation of you."



Sun, Sep 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While some are questioning the arrival of AI agents in our social ecology, others are creating chat bots that the more you interact with, the more become just like you, creating a form of virtual immortality for your personality.

Replika launched in March. At its core is a messaging app where users spend tens of hours answering questions to build a digital library of information about themselves. That library is run through a neural network to create a bot, that in theory, acts as the user would. Right now, it’s just a fun way for people to see how they sound in messages to others, synthesizing the thousands of messages you’ve sent into a distillate of your tone—rather like an extreme version of listening to recordings of yourself. But its creator, a San Francisco-based startup called Luka, sees a whole bunch of possible uses for it: a digital twin to serve as a companion for the lonely, a living memorial of the dead, created for those left behind, or even, one day, a version of ourselves that can carry out all the mundane tasks that we humans have to do, but never want to.



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