Startup Eternime, founded by MIT fellow Marius Ursache, is still working on “immortal avatars” that, after your death, will continue interacting with your loves ones from beyond the grave. An anonymous reader quotes CNET:
Give Eternime access to your social media profiles and the startup’s algorithms will scrape your posts and interactions to build a profile… The algorithms will study your memories and mannerisms. They’ll learn how to be “you”… Eternime was announced in 2014 after Ursache developed the idea during the MIT Entrepreneurship Development Program. He wasn’t entirely sure if he should develop the project further and wanted to get a sense of public reaction.
In the first four days, 3,000 people signed up at Eterni.me, the company’s website, for a private beta. Then, Urasche received an email from a man dying of terminal cancer. “Eternime, he wrote, was the last chance to leave something behind for friends and family,” Urasche told me. “That was the moment I decided that this was something worth dedicating my life to”… Since 2014, the Eternime website has largely been silent, although it continues to take names of people who want to test the service. Ursache says the Eternime team has been refining the product over the last two years, testing features, figuring out what will work and what won’t.
“The private beta test is ongoing,” according to the article, “and Ursache says the feedback has been positive.” But unfortunately, the service still isn’t operational yet.
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