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Website could allow avatars of deceased to live on

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Could you imagine keeping in touch with your loved ones after their death?

A group of people here in the hub are working on a concept that promises to make everyone immortal.

It might sound creepy but they'd basically use things like photos, your Facebook, and Twitter accounts to create a virtual you. Then years down the road, your descendants could interact with you.

“You give life to an avatar and it replicates everything it learns from digital trail,” Nicolas Lee, one of the developers said.

The project is called eterni.me. It's a concept developed by eight students at MIT's entrepreneurial bootcamp.

The idea is that the program would take all of your digital information from places like Facebook and Twitter and with your help generate a virtual you for your family.

“It will be just like a legacy of that person that you can interact with,” Marius Ursache said.

The forward thinking entrepreneurs imagine a future where you can get advice from your great great grandmother. A thought, at first glance, that could be considered creepy or crazy.

The professor of the course believes that may be the point.

“Crazy ideas are often the best ones, those are the ones that change the world,” Professor Bill Aulet of MIT’s Sloan School of Management said.

The website launched on Wednesday, 7,000 people visited in the first three hours and 500 signed up for early invites.

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