AI Enhancing Humanity: MindBank Ai’s Innovative Digital Twin
Category Artificial Intelligence Sunday - August 20 2023, 00:15 UTC - 6 months ago MindBank Ai is a company of entrepreneurs that are creating digital twins of users, replicating their personalities, ways of thinking, and speaking, which allows one to have a conversation with the digital twin of a lost loved one. Emil Jimenez, MindBank Ai’s founder, believes this tool allows us to digitize humanity and gives us control of our data.
Sunday - August 20 2023, 00:15 UTC - 6 months ago
MindBank Ai is a company of entrepreneurs that are creating digital twins of users, replicating their personalities, ways of thinking, and speaking, which allows one to have a conversation with the digital twin of a lost loved one. Emil Jimenez, MindBank Ai’s founder, believes this tool allows us to digitize humanity and gives us control of our data.
Generative AI has found a host of uses since it exploded into the public consciousness with the release of ChatGPT last year. From drafting essays for students to helping customer service agents field calls to writing code for software engineers, it seems there’s no end to the ways these tools can make life a little easier. But some entrepreneurs are trying to put AI to use in a very different way: making the afterlife a little easier. Not for us—that’s a whole other level of metaphysics and technology we have yet to reach—but for those we leave behind.
Losing a loved one sets off a process of grieving that’s different for everyone. But one component of grief is universal: we miss the person who’s gone and wish we could talk to them again, spend time with them, hear their voice and their laughter. A company called MindBank Ai is building a product that would let us do just that.
"When you lose someone you have moments where you want to look through photos or videos of them in a bittersweet way," Emil Jimenez, the company’s founder, told Singularity Hub in an interview. "Now you can have those moments, but have a conversation with the person too." .
MindBank plans to create digital twins of its users, replicating their personalities, ways of thinking and speaking, and other characteristics as closely as possible. These twins will interact with our loved ones after we’re gone—and teach us about ourselves while we’re still here.
"What we’ve created is a personalized layer of AI that sits on top of a generalized model," Jimenez said. "I like to call it AI-enhanced humanity." That’s actually the title of his book, which comes out in October. It starts two million years ago with homo habilus, the first hominid that was making tools, and one of its themes is how tools change our culture. "AI is just another tool that’s going to change our culture," he said.
The Voice of a Database .
One day when Jimenez’s daughter was four years old, she was playing games on an ipad when Siri, Apple’s AI assistant, popped up. The child started asking the AI questions, and within minutes had formed a bond with it. "I started thinking," Jimenez said. "Siri is just an interface to a database. How can I become that database, so that my little girl can always ask me a question and get a response?" .
He wondered what the world will look like 40 years from now, when his daughter is his age. What might the future hold for her, and for all the other kids out there who are interacting with technology, screens, and AI in a way no previous generation ever has? .
While we don’t know quite what that future will look like, we can bet personal data will play a significant role. That data—and who can access it, and how—will likely be regulated and controlled differently than it is today. We’ll be able to opt in or out of sharing our data in various ways, and will get products and services (and ads, of course) that are correspondingly personalized.
"The digital twin is a data lake for you to connect to other services," Jimenez said. "That same database of your stories and your life can also be art, or music, or medical records. It’s digitizing humanity in a way that gives you control of it." .