A thought-provoking story about how a programmer used artificial intelligence (AI) to keep talking to her friend after his death. Speak, Memory asks whether AI can help to ease grief and ultimately, just because we can, does it mean we should? “Modern life all but ensures that we leave behind vast digital archives — text messages, photos, posts on social media — and we are only beginning to consider what role they should play in mourning. In the moment, we tend to view our text messages as ephemeral. But as Kuyda found after Mazurenko’s death, they can also be powerful tools for coping with loss. Maybe, she thought, this “digital estate” could form the building blocks for a new type of memorial.” It’s similar in concept to the Black Mirror episode ‘Be Right Back’. Read the full article here (around 10 minutes).