Dr. Pratik Desai, a Silicon Valley computer scientist, says that you may be able to upload your dead loved ones onto your computer by the end of the year. In a post on Twitter, Friday, Desai predicted that a human being’s “consciousness” could be uploaded onto digital devices using videos, voice recordings, documents, and photos of the person. They could then create an A.I. system to recreate that person.
“Start regularly recording your parents, elders and loved ones,” Desai advised in his post, as noted by the New York Post. “With enough transcript data, new voice synthesis and video models, there is a 100% chance that they will live with you forever after leaving physical body. This should be even possible by end of the year.”
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Desai wasn't the only voice to echo this theory. A company called Somnium Space is offering an AI-based “live forever” mode that will require massive amounts of personal data. “Literally, if I die — and I have this data collected — people can come or my kids, they can come in, and they can have a conversation with my avatar, with my movements, with my voice,” founder and CEO Artur Sychov told Vice. "You will meet the person. And you would maybe for the first 10 minutes while talking to that person, you would not know that it’s actually A.I. That’s the goal.”
One A.I. platform called Deepcake has also created a “digital twin” of Bruce Willis. They hope that the actor’s likeness will be able to appear on-screen despite his retirement from acting. Willis retired after being diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disorder that affects his ability to communicate. Earlier this year, he was also diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. In Willis' case, his estate will have final say on the projects the artificial version will appear in.
Pratik Desai's Prediction On Twitter