Is Skyping with a Dead Loved One Creepy?

February 19, 2014
Advertisement

Last week we posted an article about Eterni.me – a company that is making it possible for you to talk with artificially intelligent dead loved ones.

Eterni.me has created a large amount of chatter about their developing service – Springwise.com even choose Eterni.me as their ‘Weird of the Week’ – a series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas they see at Springwise.

We have to ask: What are your thoughts on Eterni.me?

Advertisement

Below Article from Springwise.com

Weird Of The Week: This is part of a series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas we see here at Springwise.

The death of a loved one is an irreparable loss, but tokens of the departed can help grievers to remember what it was like when they were alive and appreciate their existence. While projects such as DNA Memorial enable future generations to learn more about their passed relatives’ genetic makeup, a new startup called Eterni.me is going much further. By trawling traces of their online activity, the company wants to reconstruct people’s personalities with an artificially intelligent version that friends and family can ‘chat’ to after they’re gone.

The uncanny idea — which bears a striking resemblance to an episode of the UK’sBlack Mirror science fiction series, which explores the dark implications of digital technology — collects together chat logs, text messages, emails and social media posts from the deceased and uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to present what is essentially a chatbot that resembles that person’s online persona. Although the project — which has come out of the MIT Entrepreneurship Development Program — is still in its early stages, users will be able to speak or type questions and prompts to an avatar of their dead relative, who will respond with information gleaned from their online past. According to its creators, the concept is less about ressurrecting the dead and more about unlocking the memories hidden in the trails of their internet usage. If that sounds creepy, Eterni.me CEO Marius Ursache recently assured Fast Company: “We’re very aware we’re not creating a digital clone or anything creepy.”

Eterni.me’s essential aim is to lessen the impact of death and ensure that people are remembered after they die — something everyone hopes for. It also taps into a wider trend for dealing with the masses of social media data that’s left after we’re gone. Are there other ways to create tributes to friends and family members using the memories they leave behind?

Website: www.eterni.me
Contact: [email protected]

Photo: Patrick Denker/Flickr

Advertisement

You may be interested

KEYBOARD COMMANDOES | FUNERAL Nation Episode 121
Funeral Industry News
13 views
Funeral Industry News
13 views

KEYBOARD COMMANDOES | FUNERAL Nation Episode 121

CDFuneralNews - August 20, 2018

Some call them haters or trolls but we like to call them 'Keyboard Commandoes'. You may know them personally as…

Batesville Offers Free Webinar: Staying Relevant in an Evolving Marketplace
Funeral Industry News
55 views
Funeral Industry News
55 views

Batesville Offers Free Webinar: Staying Relevant in an Evolving Marketplace

CDFuneralNews - August 20, 2018

BATESVILLE, Ind. – Batesville is hosting a free Education Series webinar, Staying Relevant in an Evolving Marketplace, on August 28…

Passare and Krause Funeral Home  to Host a Free Workshop in Milwaukee, WI
Funeral Industry News
50 views
Funeral Industry News
50 views

Passare and Krause Funeral Home to Host a Free Workshop in Milwaukee, WI

CDFuneralNews - August 20, 2018

Passare, Inc. is proud to announce two FREE workshops hosted in partnership with Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services in…

Comments