Summary of Speak, Memory

When Her Best Friend Died, She Rebuilt Him Using Artificial Intelligence

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After you die, will your friends and relatives communicate with your digital ghost?


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Journalist Casey Newton details the story of two extraordinary thinkers – an accomplished engineer who explores the capabilities of artificially intelligent chatbots and her friend, tragically killed in a traffic accident, whose brilliant mind was the inspiration for the concept. Newton examines not only the current state of artificial intelligence (AI), but also the emotional and ethical implications that AI holds for the future. getAbstract recommends this article – written in both informative and sentimental prose – to anyone whose interests include the ethics of the rapid proliferation of AI.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How artificial intelligence (AI) is on trend to shape how people use technology to assist them while alive,
  • How AI may represent people after death, and
  • Why the human realism and emotional appeal of AI is what draws customers to use an AI product.


After the sudden death of her best friend, Roman Mazurenko, artificial intelligence (AI) start-up co-founder Eugenia Kuyda endeavored to immortalize him through an adaptation of her Y Combinator–backed company’s AI chatbot. Her inspiration was Mazurenko’s brilliant mind, left behind in thousands of ...
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Casey Newton serves as lead Silicon Valley editor for The Verge, writing and refining articles on topics of significance to the tech center of the United States and beyond.

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