The search for immortality has been a puzzle for humans for a very long time and there is still no answer to it. A new social network called Eter9 is entertaining the idea of digital immortality. It is a social network that uses Artificial Intelligence to create a virtual copy of a human being. This virtual copy is called the ‘counterpart’ and it can perform some very weird things. For example, when a user passes away, the counterpart can continue posting on the website just like the original user would – for eternity.
The counterpart is created by accumulating data about the user and using Artificial Intelligence to train a virtual model of that person.
“This network has specificities which allow a human being to achieve immortality in cyberspace.” according to a statement from the website.
“Eter9 makes it possible to eternalize the user and gives them the permanent ability to interact within the network 24/7 through an element called counterpart, which will be active even while the user is offline, both in terms of posting content and commenting.
“The counterpart will also be responsible for the user’s eternal life.
“The counterpart will absorb all the information according to the posts and comments, and process that information within the limits of the acquired knowledge.
“The interaction will be progressively more effective, taking into account the acquired information and its ‘experience’, and also the interaction between the physical part and the virtual connections.”
Similar to Twitter’s Timeline, Eter9 also has a ‘cortex’, a place where users’ posts appear. Users can smile at other users’ posts as well, similar to the way we like pictures on Facebook. Not all Eter9 users are human; the social network also features virtual users called Niners that can be adopted by a human user.
“The adopted Niner is almost like a valuable assistant to the organic user who adopts it.” according to the website.
“It can only be adopted by a single physical user and its lifetime will depend on the adoption or the connections, if there is no adoption.”
The idea of using Artificial Intelligence to learn about humans is not welcomed by all. While some people might feel some kind of closure by seeing the posts of their loved one’s counterpart, others might not. What’s more is that Artificial Intelligence as a whole is not welcomed by some of the biggest names in science and technology. Stephen Hawking warned that Artificial Intelligence could bring an end to mankind. How the world takes Eter9 will be interesting to see. Perhaps a hundred years from now, a computer chip somewhere will keep updating your status and no one will ever know the difference.