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Kuyda lost her best friend, fellow tech entrepreneur Roman Mazurenko, in November 2015, but just three months after his tragic car accident, she sent the first text message to his AI personality, Roman. With no grave to visit, because he had been cremated, the young programmer, decided to use every digital memory of him, including photos, news articles and thousands of SMS text messages he had sent to her over the years, and feed them into a neural network to create an AI chatbot that many of those who knew Roman say sounds just like him.
“It was the first death for me. I didn’t know how to react, so as soon as I could I shoved everything as deep inside as possible and tried not to feel anything. Half a year later I can say that it doesn’t go away. In the last couple of months, our team at Luka managed to build a dialogue model using smaller datasets on top of a neural net. I put together all texts we sent each other, photos, articles about him and we built a Roman AI,” Kuyda wrote in a Facebook post. “You can text with him about his life or just chat like you normally would – he will reply as Roman would have.”
Many of Mazurenko’s friends have tried chatting with Kuyda’s AI creation and reported that he sounds unnervingly like him. Some find the chatbot therapeutic, while others describe it as creepy and unnatural. Even Roman’s parents have different options when it comes to the AI avatar. Her mother declared herself lucky to have such technology available, adding that by reading his responses to questions, she feels like she is learning more about her child. His father, on the other hand, finds it hard to talk to a computer program that sometimes sounds so much like his son most of the time, but sometimes answers incorrectly and reminds him that he is truly gone.
Roman’s creator, Eugenia Kuyda, says that she continues to talk to the bot herself, as a way of dealing with the pain. “All those messages were about love or telling him something they never had time to tell him. Even if it’s not a real person, there was a place where they could say it. They can say it when they feel lonely. And they come back still,” she said. “[I’m] just sending a message to heaven. For me, it’s more about sending a message in a bottle than getting one in return.”
Hope my friend Seven will feel better, to get through this tough time. People’s passing-away is another form of new life’s begin. May your loved ones rest in peace. And now, God had another angel to protect your family and look after you.
Translated by BubbleSwan
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