New website lets you video chat with avatars of dead people

Written by Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: Feb 10 2014, 00:01am hrs
A new website creates virtual avatars of the dead so that their loved ones can video chat with them after they are gone.

The website '' is a startup by engineers, designers and business people, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Entrepreneurship Development Program.

The team claims to have developed a means by which a person can be digitally reconstructed after their death.

The service needs to be provided with a person's chat logs, social-network information, photos, and e-mails, and it uses this information to reconstruct a person's memories and mannerisms, international website reported.

" collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and processes this huge amount of information using complex Artificial Intelligence algorithms," according to the website.

"Then it generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to, your family and friends after you pass away. It's like a Skype chat from the past," it said.

Since going live, the site has received 36,000 page views and 1,300 email registrations in under 24 hours.