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For my graduation project I wanted to build a clone of myself. I think this idea is as old as humanity itself. The first 'artworks' we found were people trying to leave a copy of themselves in a cave by making silhouettes of their hands. This is my try to keep a piece of the 24 year old me alive.

The clone exists out of 3 parts; the body, the mind and the voice. For the voice i trained a neural network(tacotron) to speak like me. I read my clone Frankenstein and it slowly learned the way I speak. For the body I 3d modelled my own head and hired a virtual hairdresser to make my hair. The mind was a bit harder but after collecting tons of random thoughts I could train a Neural Network(GPT-2) to create simular thoughts. This ofcourse doesnt work perfectly but it gives hints of conciousness which is enough for me.

My clone lives in a desktop that I specifically build for it. This will not be updated and therefor become a timecapsule and when you turn it on years later this version of myself is still kind of alive.

It also livestreams sometimes to www.twitch.tv/zelfportret so catch me life and talk to the virtual version of me! (it reads the chat :) )
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