A physicist claims you will soon be able to go to loved ones for advice even after they die by keeping them alive through virtual reality.
Dr Michio Kaku says technology will be available for people to download their personality to computer to create an avatar of themselves before they die.
The theory is the avatar will include that person’s memories and personality, and through artificial intelligence people will be able to continue to communicate as they would have done in real-life.
The avatar would be activated once a person was dead and would include a visual perception of the person that would be able to speak to relatives who are still alive.
In the future it could even be beamed from the computer as a hologram, or even in a physical three dimensional format as a robot that could interact with you.
Dr Kaku said: “Imagine being able to speak to your loved one after they died, but it is possible if their personality has been downloaded onto computer as an avatar.
“You would be able to communicate with them as if they were still here.
“They would, in effect, become immortal.”
Dr Kaku made the remarks in a documentary on www.curiositystream.com internet channel.