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Startup Promotes Chatting With the Dead

Startup Promotes Chatting With the Dead
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By    |   Wednesday, 20 April 2016 04:42 PM

Your body can't go on forever, but your memories and personality can – at least in digital form, stored in a library of "people instead of books," a new startup promises.

The Silicon Valley company, Eternime, aims to feed the digital data into "chatbots" that let you speak from the grave. 

"Become virtually immortal," the website beckons. "Eternime collects your thoughts, stories and memories, curates them and creates an intelligent avatar that looks like you. This avatar will live forever and allow other people in the future to access your memories."

An illustration shows a bearded man's head smiling from a computer screen.

"It’s a bit like Jambi, the bodyless genie in the box from Pee Wee’s Playhouse,"  The Guardian writer Dave Schilling chides in a commentary on the new service.

"Enjoy having a chat with that, if you can."

The website claims more than 31,000 people have signed up to ensure their identity is uploaded into the cloud, and "their service suggests there’s a way for every human being, even the non-famous ones, to be remembered for as long as Eternime’s server bill is paid," Schilling writes.

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Your body can't go on forever, but your memories and personality can – at least in digital form, stored in a library of "people instead of books," a new startup promises.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 04:42 PM
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