I’ll admit to being a bit of a science fiction nerd, and I was a huge fan of the short-lived Joss Whedon series “Dollhouse”, which aired for two seasons on Fox a few years back (before Whedon’s huge success with “The Avengers”). Among the many fantastical premises of “Dollhouse” was the idea that you could conceivably download one’s entire personality into a hard-drive. The concept was that the essence of a person could be recreated via computer, or, in the case of “Dollhouse”, implanted into an actual human brain, long after the original person had expired. This notion was also touched upon in other shows like “Fringe”, as well as countless novels and films throughout the years in one fashion or another. But now, it’s all becoming a reality.
That’s right; there is actually a startup company out there vowing to create “living avatars” for dead people, so that you can communicate with your loved ones after they pass away. Or, at least, a digital recreation of their personalities.
It’s called Eterni.me, and according to their website, “It generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to, your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past.”
Take a look:
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