What should happen to our data when we die?

With the dead being digitally resurrected with growing frequency as 2D projections, 3D holograms and AI chatbots, experts say determining what to do with those digital selves may be one of the great ethical and technological imperatives of our time.

The dead are being digitally resurrected with growing frequency. Anthony Bourdain’s A.I.-generated voice is just the latest example of a celebrity being digitally reincarnated.PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - The new Anthony Bourdain documentary, Roadrunner, is one of many projects dedicated to the larger-than-life chef, writer and television personality. But the film has drawn outsize attention, in part because of its subtle reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

Using several hours of Bourdain's voice recordings, a software company created 45 seconds of new audio for the documentary. The AI voice sounds just like Bourdain speaking from the great beyond; at one point in the movie, it reads an e-mail he sent before his death by suicide in 2018.

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