The bestselling author and personal transformation guru, Deepak Chopra is launching a free, unrestricted AI version of himself, which will learn from Deepak’s many self help books, and build a personal relationship with the person talking to him. The artificial intelligence program, created by a company called The AI Foundation, is aiming to use the technology to create virtual AI archives of people interested in being remembered forever. Mr. Chopra is one of the very first ones to give it a go.
“Well, here’s the reason I did it: I’m now 73 years old, and I’m in perfect health, I feel like I’m 35, but you know, the next chapter is physical death. This digital Deepak can actually consume my work after I’m gone, and probably improve on it because it learns with every interaction,” Chopra told media. “It can become a teenager soon and an adult, and ultimately a wise person, and it can do that very fast because it doesn’t have the time limitations that humans have. It can learn simultaneously from all these interactions”, Stated Deepak.
While the application created by The AI Foundation, closely resembles the popular Black Mirror episode, “Be Right Back”, it is not meant to replace humans. The company’s main objective for AI is to create a digital interactive archive, which will help people to be remembered forever.
Currently, the service is free of cost, because it is helping the AI learn and augment itself. The Co-founder and CTO of the company, Rob Meadows further elucidated on the development, saying “Our biggest interest right now is seeing how this technology works in the world and seeing how it can create impact. We’re well funded, and we don’t have a critical must-make-money-right-now initiative. We want to do things the right way first.”
The AI Foundation further plans to release a program for assisting for anyone to record and build their own AI. It will be like a living memory archive of you. A Smartphone could capture 3D face scan in detail from someone and log audio over time to create AI archive. Deepak Chopra’s recent book, Metahuman, has already explored the transformation of human consciousness, and he sees his digital baby as being part of that vision.
“Five generations from now, my descendants will be able to talk to me,” Chopra says. “I see three-year-olds hacking into Netflix or whatever and they’ve just hardly begun to speak a regular language, but they’re already savvy and they enter this world taking it for granted. Twenty years ago, there was no internet the way we know it … Imagine, five generations from now, a kid speaking to me and telling this digital Deepak what’s going on.”
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17 November, 2019