Social network Eter9 learns your personality to post onlinef after you die
- Eter9 uses artificial intelligence to learn about its users from their posts
- This generates a virtual ‘counterpart’ that will post for them when offline
- The counterpart will even continue posting comments after your death
For centuries humanity has been searching for the secret of eternal life without success, but a new social networking site is promising its users digital immorality.
Eter9 claims to learn about your personality as you share photographs, links and comments before continuing to post for you once you die.
The site relies upon a form of artificial intelligence to create ‘virtual beings’ that can interact with other users. Each user will have a digital ‘Counterpart’ based on their previous posts.
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The Eter9 social networking site (pictured) promises users virtual immortality by using artificial intelligence to learn about its users, which will then post on their behalf when they are offline or even once they are dead
While the social network is only it Beta stage, it already has 5,000 people who have signed up to use it, although some have described the concept as ‘creepy’ and ‘spooky’.
Launched by Henrique Jorge, a Portuguese software developer, the concept appears to mimic the plot of the science fiction film Transcendence to some degree.
LIVE FOREVER IN A ROBOT
People could soon live forever by uploading their personalities, memories and mannerisms into robots.
Martine Rothblatt, founder of United Therapeutics, believes this could happen within this century, and has created an online service to make it a reality.
Called Lifenaut, the service offers a series of personality tests and combines this with data from social media profiles to create accurate digital avatars.
Eventually, the team say these avatars can be transformed into walking robots that interact with others – and it’s now offering a basic version of its service for free.
In the movie, artificial intelligence expert Dr Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp, uploads his consciousness onto a computer so he can continue to live after his death.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Jorge said: ‘We are trying to create an AI system that learns faster from other networks like Facebook, as the Eter9 information at the moment is quite small.’
A statement on the Eter9 website added: ‘This network has specificities which allow a human being to achieve immortality in cyberspace.
‘Eter9 makes it possible to eternalize the user and gives them the permanent ability to interact within the network 24/7 through an element called counterpart, which will be active even while the user is offline, both in terms of posting content and commenting.
‘The counterpart will also be responsible for the user’s eternal life.
‘The counterpart will absorb all the information according to the posts and comments, and process that information within the limits of the acquired knowledge.
‘The interaction will be progressively more effective, taking into account the acquired information and its ‘experience’, and also the interaction between the physical part and the virtual connections.’
The Eter9 social network builds a digital ‘counterpart’ for each user which can then post on their behalf. Users can tweak how much the bot posts and interacts with other users with a slider on the setting’s page (pictured)
AI WILL MAKE A GLOBAL ARMS RACE ‘VIRTUALLY INEVITABLE’
Elon Musk led 1,000 robotics experts in an open letter last month warning that ‘autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow’
Professor Stephen Hawking and Tesla founder Elon Musk led 1,000 robotics experts in an open letter last month warning that ‘autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow’.
The strongly-worded letter calls for an outright ban on ‘offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control’ in an effort to prevent a global AI arms race.
The experts point out that, unlike nuclear weapons, AI weapons require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials.
This means they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce.
‘If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable,’ the letter states.
The authors predict that it will only be a matter of time until smart weapons appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators and warlords.
They claim AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is now feasible within years, rather than decades.
‘Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilising nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group,’ the letter states.
‘We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity.’
Much like Facebook, Eter9 has a newsfeed that it calls the ‘cortex’ where posts from other users appear.
Users can ‘smile’ at other people’s posts they like and also post their own photographs or comments.
The site also claims to feature virtual users, or bots, known as Niners who can be ‘adopted’ by human users.
Eter9’s website said: ‘The adopted Niner is almost like a valuable assistant to the organic user who adopts it.
The Eter9 social networking site could allow people to essentially ‘upload’ their personality so it can continue posting and interacting with other users after their death. In the film Transcendence (pictured) the character played by Johnny Depp uploads his consciousness onto a computer in an attempt to escape death
‘It can only be adopted by a single physical user and its lifetime will depend on the adoption or the connections, if there is no adoption.’
He added that the name Eter9 comes from the first four letters of the world eternity and the expression cloud nine, which referred to a sense of satisfaction.
It is not the first time an internet site has promised users eternal life in the online world.
A site called Virtual Eternity used personality tests to build up profiles and allowed users to upload their voices. However it was shut down after two years when just 10,000 people signed up.
United Therapeutics has also launched a service called Lifenaut that gathers information from a series of personality tests and combines this with social media profiles to create accurate digital avatars.
The concept of a computer mimicing its users after they die has received a mixed reaction, with some describing it as ‘creepy’ and ‘spooky’. A graphic showing a ‘digital brain’ is pictured
Another service called Perpetu allows users to create a sort of ‘digital will’ to control what happens to online accounts after you die.
The service allows family members to log into social networking sites, banks and emails, but also only allows them to see what a person wants them to see.
However, some find the idea of using an intelligent social network to continue posting after their death a little too weird.
Felicity Morse, social media producer at BBC Newsbeat described it as ‘creepy’ and ‘spooky’.
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