78-year-old Andrew Kaplan would like his loved ones to have access to his stories, even whenhe's no longer alive to share them: Globe-trotting war correspondent in his 20s, a member ofthe Israeli army who fought in the Six-Day War, successful entrepreneur and, later, author ofnumerous spy novels and Hollywood scripts.
Kaplan has agreed to become "AndyBot," a virtual person who will be immortalized in the cloudfor hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years.
If all goes according to plan, future generations will be able to "interact" with him using mobiledevices or voice computing platforms, such as Amazon's Alexa, asking him questions, elicitingstories and drawing upon a lifetime's worth of advice long after his physical body is gone.
Someday, Kaplan -- who playfully refers to himself as a "guinea pig" -- may be remembered asone of the world's first "digital humans."
Today, a new generation of companies, like Eternime, Nectome and HereAfter, is hawking someapproximation of virtual immortality -- the opportunity to preserve one's legacy onlineforever.