This Programmer Kept Talking To Her Best-Friend After His Death Using AI

This Programmer Kept Talking To Her Best-Friend After His Death Using AI

Roman with Kuyda

Roman with Kuyda

If you watched Black Mirror, probably the story below will give you the creeps, because of a reality one of the most exciting episodes of the serial fascinating dystopian (describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible).

In the episode “Be Right Back”, we have Hayley Atwell, a widow who’s not ready to get over her husband’s death. So, turn to a service that handles loading “conscience” human client is not ready to give up in a cloud, so that there could be further communication with him.

In the series, Hayley loses control and goes in time at an extreme version of the service: an android that looks like the loved one, with all the knowledge about it implanted in a cyber-consciousness. Android sounds like Ash, Ash looks like and feels like Ash, but it still not Ash. The folks at The Verge’s published a long and fascinating story of a depressed woman who has managed to turn this idea into reality as well as provocative.

Her name is Eugenia Kuyda and works as an engineer, she managed to upload digital consciousness of his best friend, Roman Mazurenko, a robotics interface, which communicates constantly. Moreover, Kuyda founded a startup based on artificial intelligence called Luka.

Roman Chat

Roman Chat

There’s an app for iOS available through which you can have conversations with the ghost of digital Mazurenko, either in English or in Russian. All you have to do is mention @Roman, when typing a message.

According to “The Verge” it is an impressive eulogy to brought Mazurenko, a celebration for the success of Kuyda is a reflection on morality to all these events. Black Mirror Kuyda confirmed that she inspired it and kneaded it long enough to turn on Roman decision in a robot that continues to be close.

Chat2

Chat2

Although we know that death is inevitable, people is extremely difficult to accept that at some point will lose loved ones. The main question is whether technology such as that developed by Kuyda would help users more easily cope with pain or whether it would extend it, and would cause him to hide in denial.

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