She’s Been Texting Her Dead Friend. Here’s How He’s Texting Back
Eugenia Kuyda’s best friend Roman unexpectedly passed away in November 2015.
Kudya had been working on an AI startup for two years. Along with a developer on her team, she used bits of Roman’s digital presence to bring parts of him back to life.
She collected his text messages, tweets and Facebook posts — his vocabulary, his tone, his expressions. Using artificial intelligence, she created a computerized chatbot based off his personality.
“I had several long conversations with Roman — or I should say his bot. And while the technology wasn’t perfect, it certainly captured what I imagine to be his ethos — his humor, his fears, how hopeless he felt at work sometimes. He had angst about doing something meaningful. I learned he was lonely but was glad that he’d left Moscow for the West Coast. I learned we had similar tastes in music. He seemed to like deep conversations, he was a bit sad, and you know he would’ve been fun on a night out” She told Laurie Segall, Money CNN… Continue Reading
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