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When the best friend of Eugenia Kuyda–a Russian programmer and entrepreneur–died, she resurrected his digital consciousness using artificial intelligence. She used the creation of her AI startup Luka and fed all the digital conversations of Roman into a neural network. The result is an AI-powered posthumous chatbot.

Eugenia Kuyda, co-founder of the AI startup Luka, thinks that memorial bots are the future. In a recent detailed account published on The Verge, she explains how she kept her deceased friend Roman Mazurenko alive using a neural network.

This Russian programmer gathered Mazurenko’s text messages from all the friends and used her company’s creation to bring Roman’s digital consciousness to life.

LATELY, SHE HAS BEGUN TO FEEL A SENSE OF PEACE ABOUT MAZURENKO’S DEATH

While some might raise ethical questions about the posthumous use of technology, Roman’s tearful mother is thankful. She says – “There was a lot I didn’t know about my child. But now that I can read about what he thought about different subjects, I’m getting to know him more. This gives the illusion that he’s here now.”

You can read The Verge’s excellent piece on Kuyda and Roman’s story of friendship, loss, and accomplishment.

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