A Russian woman brought back to life one of her closest friend with artificial intelligence… Black Mirror style.
In “Be Right Back,” an episode of the British futurist drama “Black Mirror,” a woman named Martha loses her fiancée, Ash, in a car accident. The young couple had each been active social media users, and, in the world of the episode, that digital footprint enables Martha to recreate her dead loved one. After starting small, holding text conversations with the artificial-intelligence version of Ash, she moves on to phone calls and, soon, a life-sized android.
A Russian woman named Eugenia Kuyda has debuted a similar project ― without the androids ― detailed in a bittersweet feature published by The Verge.