There's a new social network that is promising something Facebook can't, yet: immortality. This system is designed to live on after you pass away, but it won't really be you. It's an artificial intelligence (AI) version of you.
This AI system would scan your Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, tweets and shares to gather information on your personality, likes, dislikes and hobbies. Then the Eter9 social network would compile all of this information to create "your" profile that could continue posting things online just as you would.
If this sounds scary, try not to panic because the Eter9 social network is just the latest in a long string of pushes by social media to create AI systems that will last long after you're gone.
Facebook and Google are both building thinking computers, and they're teaching them to do some very human things.
Facebook's artificial intelligence, or AI, can paint - well technically, it can recreate images it "sees" and the reproductions are so good that humans are thinking they're looking at the real deal over 40% of the time. Both Google's and Facebook's neural computers can recognize the spoken word, translate between two languages and even pick out faces, cars and other objects in pictures.
Google knows that there is still so much to learn about these AI networks.
The team said in an official blog post, "Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t."
This means that AI is still at the very beginning of its long, fruitful life, even as its creators die around it. The systems that are needed to carry out this type of technology are being developed every day and full-fledged artificial intelligence might become a reality sooner than you think.
What do you think about AI? Is it something worth exploring or are humans fiddling with death in a way that no one should?
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