How your digital self could ‘live’ on after you die


The death and funerals industry is due for a shake-up, a growing number of tech start-ups believe.

After you die, how do you fancy springing back to life in the form of a digital avatar?

Your digital ghost could jump onto Facebook and join in a light-hearted argument about Friends, or post Instagram updates reminiscing about that Italian road trip you took with an ex-lover… More at the BBC.

I don’t know if this would lengthen the grieving process or make it a lot easier to deal with. Imagine a time where the avatar was so sophisticated that the spouse or child or parent becomes so engrossed in communicating with it that the real world just falls into the background.

What do you think? I am curious as to if you see the potential in this idea as good, bad or impossible to know at this time. Thanks to Simon for the link.


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  1. I have very mixed feelings about what’s described. I don’t know that I’d want anything posted in my name by someone or something else. And it depends how you want to be remembered. The thing is, death is part of life, at least for now.

    If we take this further and I have no idea how long this might take, but couldn’t you in effect transfer your being or essence into an AI? I mean given enough input, an advanced AI could replicate you at least 90% of the time. I don’t know that it would be possible to capture absolutely everything, although there are people who would argue that it’s just a very complex combination of biochemical processes.

    Is it possible that at some point, when the body is wearing out, that we could transfer our being into an AI controlled robot? Or maybe we keep an AI around and have it keep itself up to date in case some unforeseen happens. What are the legal implications?

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