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Entrepreneurs will give the dead an afterlife: Why is it a bad idea

Netflix's series 'Black Mirror' predicted in the 'Be Right Back' to a world where the technology could be used to restore the dead, in the form of a doll that looks and talks like the person, you want recreated.

On the 41-year-old Marius Ursache has been inspired by the section, we let be unsaid, but he stands behind the company Eternime, which will make digital copies of the dead.

It writes the media Business Insider.

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marius Ursache founded the company Eternime in 2014, and the project was further fueled after Marius lost his best friend in a car accident in 2015. Photo: Eternime

the App from the Eternime takes the form by automatically harvest data about the user via one's smartphone and ask you questions via a program called a chatbot.

- We collect spatial data, movements, activity, health data, sovedata, photos and messages that users provide on to the app. We also collect data via Facebook from external sources, tells Marius Ursache to Business Insider.

He stresses that one should not be concerned that there against one's will are made a bot of himself, since they only collect data if you have consented to it.

the Goal of collecting all these data is to create an 'avatar' of you, when you die, those you leave you can interact with in the form of simple conversations, when the missing becomes too large.

Christian Busch is hospitalspræst at Rigshospitalet in copenhagen. His job is first and foremost to be there for the living and the survivors and talk with them about the grief that they go around with, when they love, die.

He emphasizes that he is not aware of the development of the so-called chatbots, but his immediate reaction is concern for whether the robots can make it difficult for survivors to live with grief:

- I'm not sure that it is the best help for a grieving man.

- The real help to a grieving person is to help it see in the eyes, that it has lost a man, he says to Ekstra Bladet.

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- I think, in trying to unwind some things, which I am thinking; is it now the right help to a grieving person?, sounds from Christian Busch, who is hospitalspræst at Rigshospitalet in copenhagen. Photo: Thomas Boberg/Polfoto

More than 40,000 have created an account with Eternime they write on their website. It is, however, not everyone who gets access to the app right away. Each week will be a selected crowd closed in, and right now there are about 50 users who are testing the app.

It takes time to collect the amount of information about the user, as there is a need to be able to communicate with them.

According to Ditte Wolff-Jacobsen, who is an expert in chatbots, then it is not unrealistic that as the technology develops, it becomes possible to talk with the deceased through chatbots:

- There are already made solutions, and there is an american who has made a chatbot, where she can talk with an acquaintance, she had, as was the deceased, she says to Ekstra Bladet.

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In an episode of the Netflix series Black Mirror loses a young woman her fiance. She subscribes to a service where she can write with him, since talking with him and in the end, she gets a living copy of him. But in the end is the frustration greater than the joy, when 'copy' does not have 'emotions' like a real man, and she ends up locking him away up in the attic and ultimately expose the grief in several decades. Photo credit: Netflix

the Woman, as Ditte Wolff-Jacobsen is referring to is the Eugenia Kuyda, who made a bot out of his good friend Roman Mazurenko, after he died in a car accident in 2015.

'Novel was one of my close friends. I wanted to tell him some things that I could not do when he was alive', says Eugenia Kuyda she to Business Insider over email.

By collecting about 10,000 text messages and with the help of an engineer with great sense of artificial intelligence, they made a chatbot that could mimic the way the Novel spoke of. Hence came the app, a Replica, as a teacher to know you by, that you chatter with the built-in chatbot.

Ditte Wolff-Jacobsen stresses that you do not speak with the deceased, but rather a copy of who the deceased was once. And just the fact is hospitalspræst Christian Busch, it is of concern that people take care of:

- talking about memories and remembrance takes place inside the memory. Memories is not about what really happened.

- If you go in and make a communication with a human being, as they were 20 years ago, so it no longer resembles, as is the documentary, says Christian Busch.

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