In this workshop, we’ll go exploring into the very near future.
As the American actor Kirk Douglas wrote “It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to recreate any dead person at any age with the voice and mannerisms.”
That time has arrived.
Modern allopathic medicine may be seen as seeking to extend life while trying to hide from the reality of death. Many of us don’t perhaps allow ourselves to truly acknowledge the inevitable, the im-permanence of life.
How might we want to be remembered? Some write their autobiography. For others, it’s what they feel they’ve accomplished or maybe is still unfinished. For others, they might like to leave all such decisions to the memories of those who mattered to them, cared for them, loved them. With the help of AI (Artificial Intelligence), it is or very soon will be, possible to create something - a machine (avatar/robot) - which we could programme so that it contained the stories, the wisdom, the faults and failings that were significant to us in life and could continue to express our values, beliefs, principles both conversationally and (artificially) intelligently after our deaths. Our own ‘wisdom figure’, perhaps, for future generations to talk with, learn about their own history and culture, seek advice from. Surplus reality has always given Morenians this possibility in our role-reversed imagination while still on the planet. Now we can do it in absentia beyond the great boundary.
Psychodrama is, at one level, a way of telling a story about yourself. So, in the first session we will explore how you would want to be remembered, how others might remember you – it’s a kind of self-memorial, an opportunity to reflect on what you have achieved, perhaps let go of some regrets and what more you might want to do.
In the second session we will explore, using sociodrama, just one of the many implications of the advances in machine intelligence. We will take the idea of the robot created in the first workshop and explore how society might react to a world where people can continue to be ‘present’ even after they have died. In other words, “How to ‘Live’ Forever”.