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