The concept came with a child’s question, on a busy train careening through picturesque Vienna: “Siri, do you have a mummy?”
As Emil Jimenez, founder and CEO of MindBank AI, watched his young daughter interact with Apple’s digital assistant device, he was gripped.
“Imagine this moment: Everyone around us just stops what they’re doing — and seeing this little 4-year-old have a conversation with Siri,” he says, as we speak by video call.
It was January 2020 when Jimenez began reflecting on the world his daughter would grow up in, and that interaction with Siri would become the catalyst for a more personal product.
“Today she talks to Siri, but I want her to talk to me like this even if I’m not alive,” he says he decided at that moment, envisioning a system where his daughter could hear his answers to life’s big questions.
At this stage Jimenez didn’t know what the concept of a “digital twin” was. He initially called the invention “Dada,” a portmanteau of “data” and “daddy,” and over the years he worked to split his human form into an online digital presence, inputting detailed emotional response data. During this process, MindBank AI was developed — a company that creates digital twins with positive applications for mental health and productivity, Jimenez says.
Source: Japan Times