Boffins are planning to use AI to create “digital immortality” so that bosses can still be in charge after they die.

The project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is being tested on 25 people’s digital footprints to create immortal versions of them.

Techies initially created the technology to make digital versions of their loved-ones that could live on long after they die.

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But they are now looking into whether it could see bosses like Elon Musk or even Sir Alex Ferguson get asked for advice on key decisions once they die.

Hossein Rahnama, from MIT, began the “Augmented Eternity” project based on the vast amounts of data people leave on social media.

He believed people’s data could make it possible to train an artificial intelligence to behave plausibly like them.

Rahnama said: “For instance, might it be possible to replicate the knowledge held by experienced professionals?

“Can people seek legal opinions from the avatar of a famous lawyer?

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“It was relatively easy to map those knowledge bases. I worked with a very well-known CEO of a Fortune 500 company, who started the company.

“He’s in his eighties and he really wanted to leave a legacy for his team for his executive team and that project.

“The avatar of the CEO was not really telling people what to do, but could share an opinion about likes or dislikes, or a particular viewpoint.”

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