By Jim Scott
The age-old question of could we live forever has been tested by theorists and scientists around the world. We most likely couldn’t live forever in our current bodies, but the possibility of living forever in the form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a real one. According to Michael Graziano, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University.
The professor believes the human mind may one day support being "downloaded" into other forms of tech. He said: “Eventually the mind will become migratable information, just like files can migrate from one device to another and live in the cloud.”
This would be similar to how a mobile phone shares information with other devices. In theory, this would then allow scientists to transfer the thoughts and intelligence of a deceased person onto a computer.
But a similar thing has already happened. When Eugenia Kuyda's friend died, she began to sift through messages sent from him. Sparking the idea of creating an AI type-app, alongside engineers. In 2016, Kudya developed an application which could turn old texts into a computer-reality version of the deceased. Called "Ask Luka", the app used previous texts and social media data from her deceased friend to artifically collate responses in an conversational way, reports The Verge.
Acknowledging that AI did not have self-awareness, Kudya hinted AI in this way could take a different direction: “It’s still a shadow of a person — but that wasn’t possible just a year ago, and in the very close future we will be able to do a lot more.”
But questions have been asked over its future. International Policy Digest speculates AI might not have a place in our future as it could "take over the world". Suggesting that AI could take away critical jobs and lead to an unnecessary high level of unemployment, the publication thinks governments will be quick to prevent it becoming bigger than it is.
The Daily Mirror reports the threat from Artificial Intelligence could be "even bigger than climate change" as experts warned against widespread use of it. Professor Al-Khalili explained his concerns as, autonomous systems and robotics were becoming used increasingly in factories. He said: "We are now seeing an unprecedented level of interest, investment and technological progress in the field, which many people, including myself, feel is happening too fast."
Echoing concerns over the speed in which AI has been developed. Computing.co.uk reports AI is just "years" away from developing its own self-conscious. It explains that today’s machines are super-human and may soon supersede the intelligence of cats and mice. But if AI was to continue in the rate it's going it is thought the deceased could have their past life "embodied" onto an AI programme which would generate a self-aware illusion of that person.
But putting a face to the name. A scientist has already developed an application which creates a 3D model of a dead celebrity’s face. The technology, which relies on AI, enables the face to move in real-time based on a series of commands. An advert for the application shows dead celebrities "mimicking" small mannerisms such as frowning and smiling. But it has not been without concern, as the scientist who created the app said he was "worried" that in the wrong hands, fake videos could misrepresent what people have said. Nonetheless, the scientist said his app could "allow loved ones to be seen again" once fully developed.