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Old 09-15-2017, 08:03 AM
 
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hi! im wondering, have you heard about this website ? what you all think about speaking virtually with ones you loved and lose ? is it creepy ? or it's new path for those who suffer?
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The post is possibly more relevant to the philosophy forum, as the virtual avatar concept brings up various ethical and metaphysical questions. Example: People change over a lifetime, and events change their loyalties and points of view. A static representation of a person going down through generations, if already in place, would have famous scientists still claiming that flies spontaneously generated out of dirty water, politicians touting eugenics, and your grandparents demanding with fervor that the girls wear full length skirts and dresses. A strong example of someone who changed is George Wallace, who radically changed with time.

Buckminster Fuller summed up the life of a person who constantly is learning and growing in his simple statement "I seem to be a verb." A representational avatar is at best only an accessible noun.

The concept of an autobiography or paid biographer is ancient. Such work places the person and their views in context. I doubt that you could create an avatar of Mozart that would be able to talk about hip-hop coherently.

Immortality of any type is a philosophically and psychologically dense subject. Before there can be any open discussion about it, those involved have to first have completely resolved any fears of death or non-existence that they might have. Without that, the discussion becomes one of grasping out of desperation and fear.

In short, if you want to attempt that type of immortality, journal daily or write an autobiography. Journaling and reviewing your journal can be an excellent aid to personal growth.

If you were to "talk" with an avatar, the closest experience I can imagine is in the "talking" some of us have done with a highly opinionated relative that simply will not change views, and constantly repeats favorite stories, ad nausium. The computer program "Eliza" would be a better companion.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Since it is the OPs first post I think this is an ad.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Since it is the OPs first post I think this is an ad.
Possibly. If so, it worked in reverse to the intent. The subject will come up again as AI develops and it is important that the comments remain, to limit false hopes and further attempts to monetize grief.
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