Avatars of dead people like Rimmer in Red Dwarf
         
 

 

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Avatars of dead people like Rimmer in Red Dwarf

 

The idea of creating an avatar from a person is already very well explored on TV and in movies, but the idea of creating an avatar from the memories and personality of a dead person is not seen as often. The most notable example is within the British TV show “Red Dwarf” in which a holographic avatar exists that is based on the memory scan/ personality scan of a person who has died. The person had his or her brain scanned so that upon death that person may be resurrected in holographic form. But, how close is this to a reality today? There is a company if MIT entrepreneurs that are looking to use artificial intelligence in order to bring people back to life via software. Virtual reality would be used to bring back dead people into the world of computers so that you may interact with their personality and experiences. The company is called Eterni.me, and even though it is not able to bring any consciousness into the real world, they say they can recreate people from the mark they left on the Internet. They enter your years of Facebook posts, photos, IM chats, emails, etc, into the artificial intelligence program, which then decides your personality traits and creates an avatar that acts just like the person who dies (or not if you wish to see it with your own personality). Where is the idea flawed? Actually doing it may be a nice display of how far AI has come, but as a working business or usable idea in the real world it is incredibly flawed. People act differently around different people and the same is true online. A person may be incredibly sweet to one person and offhand with another, and the thing is that people treat each other so differently that how could an AI possibly know how to treat a person--especially when you consider that how we treat people changes as we grow and as our relationships grow. Plus, people send different messages depending on their mood, emotional state and current state. A person may be more smarmy or sweet if single, and most aloof or fun if as a couple. People who email drunk may send long messages to people they are dating and some people may send lewd messages when they are feeling a little horny. How could an AI possibly determine what sort of behavior that person would exhibit when even that person doesn’t know? Plus, even though human programming in psychological terms is often predictable, the trouble is that it is not always predictable. Human psychology is not always predictable For example, if you are from a single parent home in the west without a father figure, then you are most likely in favor of a woman’s right to choose regarding abortion, but are probably against the death penalty. This is part of psychological programming that is predictable, but even now, at least one person in that position will not hold those two views. And, this is just one way in which human psychological programming is not always predictable.

 

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