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Using Modern-age Science and Tech to Aid the Mourning Process

 


 

In Buddhism, the 49-day period after death is considered to be important for loved ones to mourn the dead. The Digital Shaman attaches 3D-printed faces to communication robots to help the grieving process during those 49 days.

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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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