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Preserve our memories forever for our family, friends or anyone in the future.

An artificial intelligence avatar that automatically collects and curates one's thoughts and memories, and stores them for eternity.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Your avatar acts like a biographer and automatically collects and analyzes all your digital footprint—Facebook posts, tweets, calendar meetings, geolocation, Instagram photos, health data from wearables and more. It's also a chatbot that talks with you at the right moment, and helps you record more intimate memories—like a private journal. You can selectively share those memories with friends, family or other people, and have them contribute to your life story, accessible forever after.

Problem

According to behavioral economist Daniel Kahnemann, we identify with our memories. We a do lots of things not because of the experience in itself, but for the memory of the experience. This is why we take so many photos everyday. And this is also why it’s so painful to delete our vacation photos.

But… more painful is that we have very few recorded memories from people dear to us who passed away. Maybe they left behind only a few old photos, like my grandmother… or a few more home videos, or maybe a Facebook feed.

Most people don’t write an autobiography. They don’t keep a journal. They postpone recording the most important memories of their lives until it’s too late. And years later, after their name is spoken for the last time, they are forgotten like they’ve never existed.

It happens to our family and our friends. It happens to more than 50 million people every year. And—one day—it will happen to us, too!

Solution

This is why we are building an Artificial Intelligence avatar, which curates your thoughts, stories, memories, ideas and creations, then preserves them for eternity.

This intelligent biographer automatically collects and analyzes all your digital footprint—Facebook posts, tweets, calendar meetings, geolocation, Instagram photos, health data from wearables and more.

Its also a chatbot that talks with you at the right moment, and helps you record more intimate memories—like a private journal.

Eternime also allows you to selectively share those memories with friends, family or other people, and have them contribute to writing your life story.

With this we set out to create and design a beautiful and engaging product that not only allows you to allow your story to live forever, but also has short-term psychological and social benefits. We are really excited to build something that can change the lives of billions of people.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We are currently building a memorial website for a friend who was well known in the community, and died in a terrible car crash a few weeks ago, before turning 38. We plan to apply these learnings into building something automated for our first users, then test it on a larger scale. The hardest part is to create this collection/curation behavior, not the AI part.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We want to collaborate with psychologist and data/AI scientists on this, since it's not only a project that can alleviate the grieving process, but also something that can result in a lot of historically important data—which also has serious privacy challenges.

Tell us about your work experience:

We are a small team of designers and developers, and have worked together for more than 1 year. Our background includes medicine, communication & PR, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence and we've studied and worked with MIT, Open University, Mozilla, BBC and Al Jazeera.

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

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Photo of Tim Meadows
Team

Interesting idea, especially for people who'd like to be there for their children after they die.  Please let me know if you need help testing this idea.

Photo of Marius Ursache
Team

Thanks Tim, will definitely need testing once we launch. We already have 33,000+ people who signed up for the private beta, but we're still in development phase.