Dadbot Digital Immortality

Is it possible to create a kind of immortal version of a person, using all of the digital streams of information from that person?

When James Vlahos' father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, he wondered if there would be a way to keep the essence of who his father was alive in case he died. Over several months, Vlahos spent hours and hours with his dad recording his life story. And then, after his dad passed away, Vlahos took all that material and put it into a software program that now lets him have actual conversations with his late father.


(Dadbot early attempt at a construct ala Neuromancer)

Science fiction writer William Gibson gave us a pretty good look at this idea in his 1984 classic Neuromancer; he called it a "construct":

It was disturbing to think of the Flatline as a construct, a hardwired ROM cassette replicating a dead man's skills, obsessions, knee-jerk responses.

Read more science fiction references in these similar articles, Roadside LED Signs May Not Be Believed and Digital Immortality For Your Personality.

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