Life after death? It may depend on how much you tweet, blog, post, or email

If you find it creepy when a deceased person’s Facebook page continues to morph and expand even after they have passed away, life is about to get a whole lot creepier. Enter augmented eternity – a movement that has as its goal using artificial intelligence to convert a person’s digital footprint into a chatbot-like personality capable of answering questions, engaging in discourse, and otherwise impersonating the conversational style of an individual. Dr. Hossein Rahnama, of MIT Media Lab, is on a crusade to make this vision of the future a reality. Teaming up with researchers at Ryerson University, Rahnama describes his goal as bridging “the gap between life and death by eternalizing our digital identity.” As a person who’s lived to regret more than one Facebook post, the prospect of…


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