Website Uses Photos To Create Avatar That Talks To, Advises Kin
Washington: A new website creates virtual avatars of the dead so that their loved ones can video chat with them after they are gone. The website, Eterni.me, is a start up by engineers, designers and business people, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) entrepreneurship development programme.
The team claims to have developed a means by which a person can be digitally reconstructed after death. The service needs to be provided with a person’s chat logs, social network information, photographs and emails, and it uses this information to reconstruct a person’s memories and mannerisms, CNET reported.
“Eterni.me collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and then processes this huge amount of information using complex artificial intelligence algorithms,” the website said.
“Then it generates a virtual you, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past,” it said.
Since going live, the website has received 36,000 page views and seen 1,300 email registrations in less than 24 hours.