Eternal U, 2016

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In this speculative story unfolding in a near future the majority of planet’s aging population suffers from various forms of memory loss. Big corporations were extensively bidding for people’s free time and attention over the past decades by creating intentionally addictive content on platforms and devices. This resulted to an addicted society with a strong tendency to boredom and procrastination, who eventually collapsed into a state of numbness and subsequently memory loss.

Eternal U. Inc claims to have the solution by utilizing an advanced artificial neural network. The client starting from a young age permits the neural network access to all her personal digital data. If the client chooses so the dataset can be extended to include dreams, biometric and sensory data. The client/user herself becomes thus the living dataset for network’s training. The neural network learns from and by the client/user and as soon as she is unable to cope with everyday life the trained neural network replaces her, ensuring the conservation of her memory. Eternal U.Inc was established as one of the most successful new companies on the field of affective infrastructures.

A video apparently attributed to one of these artificial assistants appears online some years later in 2062 and questions arise regarding the safety of the provided service and its possible consequences both for humans and machines.