A new site promises digital immortality to everyone. The founders of the project give everyone the opportunity to construct their own virtual copy, which will be able to communicate with their children and grandchildren.
Can modern technology offer virtual immortality? Can we give our children useful tips even after our death or easily communicate with our descendants after thousands of years?
The new startup offers people a chance to become “immortal”. The company is planning to create computerized versions of their clients, which will allow their friends and family to communicate with their virtual copies after their death.
The site eterni.me wants to give everyone an opportunity to create their own three-dimensional digital avatar that will look and speak like the original.
Digital identity is created on the basis of information about a person, which is accumulated throughout their life. Photos, emails, and social networking accounts will allow the user to construct a virtual imprint of their life.
Each user will be able to “train” their avatar by responding to different questions, making corrections, and adding information, so that the virtual copy ‘learns’ to speak and act just like a living person.
The author of the idea is Marius Ursache, a Romanian designer and entrepreneur and a former student at MIT.
“Avatars will allow people to share knowledge and experience with future generations. This is a legacy that will remain forever. Your opinion may be useful to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,” said Ursache.
The project has already received a good deal of criticism. They consider the idea of virtual immortality “macabre” and warn that such avatars will confuse people and won’t let them mourn their deceased beloved ones and continue their life, accepting their loss.
However, Marius Ursache believes that it is more about providing easy access to information about a dead person than their “resurrection”.
More than 30,000 people have already signed up to the project site, expressing their interest in creating virtual copies of themselves. According to the company, the first public version of the project will be freely available in six months.
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