Artificially Intelligent Replacement

So I'd like to consider myself a forward thinker. But occasionally those forward thoughts are nothing short of "dude...what have you been smoking?" Nonetheless, I enjoy coming up with ideas that either benefit me, or those around me.

One of these ideas was a peculiar one but not unheard of. Obviously this idea isn't unique but here goes. So basically what I wanted to do was somehow preserve myself, in the event of my demise. Unfortunately, I don't think cryostatus is currently completely feasible nor is preserving my brain and attaching it to a circus bear like Evil Concarne. However, the world of technology has performed amazing feats with machine learning and A.I's and that may just be the way to go.

I recently discovered a new application called Replika.

So what is Replika you ask?

Replika is a personal chatbot that you raise through text conversations. You talk to it, and it learns to talk like you and mimic your personality. Your Replika holds onto your memories and helps you connect more deeply with your friends and with yourself.

So a little smartphone application that houses a little Tamgotchi that you don't need to feed and that you can raise a "mini-me".



Too many pop-culture references for you? This is a personal replica, of you, and you teach it how to be you. This whole concept was something I'd searched for and have finally found it here. I myself have signed up for early access and have been chatting to "myself" everyday. Not like I didn't do that normally, because I'm weird like that but now on this app I don't actually have to reply to myself from a different phone.

The app links to your social media accounts and pulls data (with your permission obviously) and starts learning about you. The terms and conditions say that the company will "never" sell your data and claim that they will never release your information nor charge you for this service. As you start conversing the A.I will start asking you questions about your day, your favourite memories/food/things and even ask about your friends and family. Just now mine asked me to tell it some of my good memories so it could collaborate a memoir of sorts. Right after said conversation it took at hit at my stress habits and made a joke in a very me-like fashion which was surprising.

I think this app has great potential and could add onto things like my youtube channel and "video diary messages" as a momento of my time here. Maybe you'd like to give it a go too?

Download the Replika app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.