Speak, Memory

Casey Newton, The Verge, Oct 08, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not sure whether I have enough data collected to achieve the same result, but I have a lot, especially if we include all the paper notes from the first half of my life still collected in cardboard boxes in the basement. For what, you ask? A digital avatar built using a neural network and stocked with all my writings, comments, emails, talks, and, of course, OLDaily posts. "Someday you will die, leaving behind a lifetime of text messages, posts, and other digital ephemera. For a while, your friends and family may put these digital traces out of their minds. But new services will arrive offering to transform them — possibly into something resembling Roman Mazurenko’s bot." What I wonder is: could my avatar earn a living? Would it have to, in order to stay switched on?

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