In the tireless quest for immortality, Eterni.me has emerged as a humble forerunner to show the world what's possible in the realm of eternal life. This program, created by a small team of engineers affiliated with MIT, aims to create an artificially intelligent version of yourself for future generations to talk to.
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While the Google-backed life-extending project, Calico, plans on fighting the physical aspects of death, Eterni.me proposes to immortalize a person's mind, using algorithms to convert the information from one's everyday life into a virtual avatar. The whole thing is exciting, and bears a strong resemblance to The Matrix or the 1992 pre-Google Internet-thriller, The Lawnmower Man.
It's pretty mind-blowing to think about a future where your great-great-grandkids can open up a program and talk to you long after you're dead. This project is still in its preliminary stages, but one has to wonder how these avatars will hold up as compared to the originals.
Jeremy Glass is a full-time writer at Supercompressor during the day, but moonlights as the guy with the mustache from Hall & Oates when the sun goes down.