Now, ‘video chat’ with the dead

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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,, 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.

“ 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.