Sci-fi loves a good brain upload plot.
- A 1998
episodeof “The X-Files” features a computer genius who uploads herself to cyberspace.
San Junipero,” a 2016 episode of “Black Mirror,” follows 2 women falling in love in a digital afterlife.
But is it possible IRL?
Artur Sychov, founder of metaverse company
It essentially collects data while you’re in VR — how you move and speak — and builds an AI avatar of you. Your avatar can interact with others, even after you’ve died.
And he’s not the only one to try to replicate a loved one via AI:
- You, Only Virtual (YOV) founder Justin Harrison modeled a
chatbotafter his mother, based on data including 2.8k pages of text messages. To build your own, it’s $499 upfront, then ~$40/mo.
- Artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s 2015
Hereafter Instituteexhibit in LA contemplated digital afterlives and included a VR simulation of his late grandfather.
- A clip of a South Korean woman
reunitingwith her daughter in VR went viral — and provoked intense debate.
These avatars are mostly made for the living, serving as a way to hold on to those we’ve lost. But could we ever really live in computers?
For The Atlantic, neuroscientist Michael Graziano
And the same question would remain: Is that you, or a copy?
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