Service Lets You Video Chat With Dead People


A new startup from MIT’s Entrepreneurship Development Program is offering eternal life via the virtual world. The service, called, has designed a way to digitally reconstruct a person’s personality after they die so that the dearly departed are able to “communicate” from beyond the grave.

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To get started, users must provide the service with access to online activities like chat logs, social-network accounts, photos and emails. Gleaned information is then used to stitch together a digital portrait and avatar that’s capable of communicating with friends and loved ones after a person dies.

“ collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and processes this huge amount of information using complex Artificial Intelligence algorithms,” the Web site explains. “Then it generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to, your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past.”

An intriguing concept, though details of the service are scant. Interested people can email the website to receive updates about the service, which expects a full launch soon.

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According to, the site has attracted a lot of positive feedback and attention. Since going live, the site received 36,000 page views and 1,300 email registrations in under 24 hours.

via CNET




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