78-year-old Andrew Kaplan would like his loved ones to have access to his stories, even when he's no longer alive to share them: Globe-trotting war correspondent in his 20s, a member of the Israeli army who fought in the Six-Day War, successful entrepreneur and, later, author of numerous spy novels and Hollywood scripts.
Kaplan has agreed to become "AndyBot," a virtual person who will be immortalized in the cloud for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years.
If all goes according to plan, future generations will be able to "interact" with him using mobile devices or voice computing platforms, such as Amazon's Alexa, asking him questions, eliciting stories and drawing upon a lifetime's worth of advice long after his physical body is gone.
Someday, Kaplan -- who playfully refers to himself as a "guinea pig" -- may be remembered as one of the world's first "digital humans."
Today, a new generation of companies, like Eternime, Nectome and HereAfter, is hawking some approximation of virtual immortality -- the opportunity to preserve one's legacy online forever.