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CHATBOT FOR A GIRL’S DEAD FRIEND

posted Mar 16, 2017, 7:49 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Rebeka Kline


    What if you could live on even when you’re gone? Well many people have thought about the topic, and are doing something about it.

    In November of 2015, Eugenia Kuyda’s friend Roman passed away. For the next two years, she worked on an AI chatbot to bring him back to life. Using texts and social media posts, she captured his personality.

    CNN News’ Laurie Segall had a conversation with Roman’s chatbot, and learned multiple things about him. She learned his interests, his sense of humor, his worries about not doing anything big in his life, and how he felt about work. “Anyone could look at old texts from a friend who has passed away, but it's the interaction that's unsettling -- it feels like there's someone on the other end of the line.” Segall expressed.

    The first time Kuyda texted the Roman-bot, it responded with: "You have one of the greatest puzzles on your hand. Solve it." Kuyda told Segall that his friends found the bot comforting to talk to, and even she would get caught up talking to it.

    Speaking of comfort, James Norris is the founder of the company “Dead Social”. The service helps people write their will, choose music for their funeral, and set social media posts to be sent after you are dead. You could send “Happy Birthday” messages to friends and family two years after you die. As Segall said; “But would you want to? Are tweets from the grave a modern tool for grieving or simply digital ghosts that haunt your loved ones?” In response, Norris said that "There isn't a right or a wrong way to die, there's not a right or a wrong way to grieve."

 

Edited by: DB

Uploaded on: 3/16/17

Source: http://money.cnn.com/mostly-human/dead-irl/

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