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How close are we to a Black Mirror-style digital afterlife?


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Eugenia Kuyda memorialised her dead boyfriend as a chatbot.

She asked his friends and family to share his old text messages and fed them into a neural network built by developers at her artificial intelligence startup, Replika.

Kuyda discovered that talking to the chatbot allowed her to be more open and honest.

Even with the best in today’s artificial intelligence and robotics techniques, we lack the technical capabilities to make a sophisticated robot.

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Eugenia Kuyda

Co-Founder and CEO at Replika

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