For some there might be no finer way to spend the afterlife than insulting TV presenter Piers Morgan. Dave Bedwood, a 38-year-old Briton, says he can help you do just that.
Almost 7,000 people have signed up for LivesOn.org, which promises that “when your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting.” The service analyzes your tweets to learn what you like and how you write. After you die, it can then populate your Twitter feed with things you’re likely to have said.
“If you’re always having a dig at Piers Morgan,” said Bedwood, who helped set up the venture, you can do so “from beyond the grave, which I imagine would be very satisfying for everyone.”
LivesOn.org is a partnership between Queen Mary University of London and digital media agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine, which focuses on artificial intelligence. The experiment will begin later this month and requires live users to teach their LivesOn account, Bedwood said. As they tweet, the system collects their real posts and starts writing theoretical afterlife tweets. As part of the analysis, users will be asked to give feedback on those messages.
Users also need to nominate an executor for their social afterlife who will decide whether to keep the LivesOn account active after you die, said Bedwood, a creative partner at Lean Mean Fighting Machine.
And if a computer can learn to tweet like you, it just might learn to talk like you, too, Bedwood said.
“It’s like incubating another you,” he said.