AI will creepily “bring people back to life” and soon use selfies to create 3D digital clones, an expert says.
Tech boss Eugenia Kuyda claims we’re a couple of years from having online avatars as predicted by The Simpsons.
In the cartoon comedy’s 2014 Days of Future Future episode, Marge loads Homer’s clone on to a computer after getting fed up of cloning her accident-prone husband back to life.
Ms Kuyda, who has already uploaded her closest friend Roman Mazurenko onto one of her creations after he died in a car crash, said the prediction will be another the show has got right.
Asked if AI will “bring people back to life”, she told the Lex Fridman podcast “it’s probably down the road”.
She added: “In a little bit we will be able to just show a photo of a person you want the avatar to look like and it will just generate a 3D model.
“That’s a no-brainer, that’s almost here, it’s a couple of years away.”
The co-founder of an AI companion chatbot Replika told of how she loaded more than 10,000 texts between her and Roman on to an AI-powered chatbot in 2016.
She said: “I built a chatbot to just talk to him and it felt really creepy or weird and I didn’t want to tell people because it felt like I had a skeleton.
“It worked pretty well and it made tons of mistakes but it still felt like him.
“I didn’t want him to be forgotten. I never thought that people forget about dead people so fast.”
Moscow-born Ms Kuyda, who now lives in San Francisco, US, also revealed her story could be made into a film.
She said: “I think so.
“Some movie producers bought the rights for the story.
“For me it would be so important, he really wanted to be famous.”