The Washington Post reported recently that Andrew Kaplan, a 78-year-old spy novelist and Hollywood screenwriter, has agreed to become “AndyBot”, a digital person who will live forever on the cloud for hundreds or even thousands of years. If everything goes according to plan, future generations will be able to interact with him using mobile devices or voice computing platforms such as Amazon’s Alexa, ask him questions, and listen to his stories. Even after his physical death long, he can still get valuable advice from his life experience.
Just as Nobel laureate Francis Crick became the first person to sequence his own genome in 2005, Kaplan’s behavior also has the first historical significance of eating crabs. He will rewrite the definition of life so that the eternity of life can be realized to some extent.
Kaplan becomes a digital person, which is essentially a virtual person existing in the network. It uses the network, AI technology, digital assistant equipment, and communication dialogues to make a person’s voice and smile survive in the cyberspace for a long time. Real-time and interactive. Kaplan’s eternal life is the eternal existence of his consciousness, thoughts and ideas in the cloud, which is certainly different from the actual eternal life. However, this is enough to make people “immortal.” Obviously, such a life is only the life of the soul, and also a person’s permanent legacy.
It is precisely based on this characteristic that many people have already signed up and want to join the digital human project that makes people “immortal.” At present, there are many companies involved in this kind of product. One company named Eternime said that they can “Billions of people’s memories, ideas, creations, and stories” are transformed into their intelligent digital avatars, and they will live indefinitely. Currently, more than 44,000 people have registered with the company, expressing willingness to participate in this large and bold attempt.
The digital man’s original idea originated from HereAfter, co-founded by Talati and Urajos. Two years ago, Urajos’ father was suffering from cancer and was about to die. In order to keep his father’s voice and smile forever, he came up with an idea to use AI to make his father live on the Internet forever. In the last three months of his father’s life, Urajos recorded various conversations, narratives, and even scenes of his life with his camera. In the end, Urajos recorded 91970 words and created a conversational AI-Dadbot (“digital man”).
Through Dadbot, Urajos can exchange text and audio messages with the computer avatar of his deceased father, talking about his life, listening to songs, chatting, and joking. To commemorate his father in the circle of friends, Urajos also uploaded this AI software on social media to spread it widely. To Urajos’ surprise, he received many people’s requests, hoping that Urajos would help them create their loved ones or their own digital people. Therefore, he decided to open up an untapped “digital people” market.
Now, the innovation and exploration of digital people has become an unexpected gain in people’s pursuit of eternal life, which is also an inevitable result of the development of modern science and technology. The digital life supported by artificial intelligence and information network technology no longer cares about the physical body, but focuses on preserving and exploring human thoughts and consciousness. It is to integrate all the experiences and ideas of a person in his life, including sound, language style and behavior The models are all preserved, and they can also interact with people through AI. This is another kind of advanced life.
In addition to satisfying the thoughts and emotions of relatives and friends for the loved ones who have passed away, such a high-level life has expanded the philosophical meaning of life. When a person dies, his soul and consciousness disappear. In the past, the way to save its life traces was nothing more than video, audio and writing text, but with the Internet and AI, human souls can exist outside the physical body and brain, that is, become digital humans.
However, the digital person only preserves his thoughts, consciousness, concepts, voices, behaviors and habits during his lifetime. It is impossible to keep up with the times and update. The interaction between people and digital people is actually a dialogue with the past. So it’s not strictly a real-time conversation.
In the future, everyone can live forever on the Internet by becoming digital. Because such digital people can also interact with living people, they can also realize and interpret “Death is not really passing away, forgetting is eternal dying”. In addition, digital people have redefined life, especially life in the spiritual sense.