【Etsuko Ichihara ①】Why she created “Digital Shaman”

In part 1 of this two-part interview, Etsuko Ichihara speaks about Buddhism, and the 49-day period after death (considered to be important for loved ones to mourn the dead), and how it relates to her project, the Digital Shaman.


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The Digital Shaman Project

2016 Disruptive Challenger, Etsuko Ichihara

The "Digital Shaman Project" proposes a new form of giving condolences designed for the modern age of science and technology. This program, which makes home robots possess the physical characteristics of the deceased, appears on the home robot only for 49 days after death and disappears automatically after 49 days. In this project, we will improve the quality so that people can be reproduced with high accuracy by introducing voice synthesis, integration of life data using life logs, home devices, introduction of body data, and interactive behavior. Through the development of a series of systems, we will create a system that addresses the absence of someone important.
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