Dadbot: Keeping dad alive through artificial intelligence

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We talk to robots like Siri and Alexa. But why can’t we use artificial intelligence to talk to real people, especially those who died? That’s what James Vlahos wondered as he watched his dad die of lung cancer last year. He tinkered with some readily available A.I. technology and came up with something he called a Dadbot. His dad would live forever through artificial intelligence.

Credits

Guest:
James Vlahos - freelance writer; author "TALK TO ME: Inside Silicon Valley's Quest for Conversation" - @jamesvlahos

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole