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Be Right Back illustrates the desperate attempts that people will make in the face of loss. Martha, confronted by the sudden death of her lover Ash, is able to piece his personality back together (through texts, calls, internet searches, and more) with the help of an innovative AI company. However, what would happen if Ash had been using a VPN before his death? With so much information protected, would the developers have been able to create a “whole” person, or just a robotic version of the man that once was?
Out of sheer desperation, Martha looks up an experimental AI company and begins the process of bringing Ash back to life.
It starts with a simple text, and the two of them begin talking like old times. The texting is eerily accurate to how they used to talk. This software, which allows Martha to speak with a digital version of Ash, replicates his language and personality by analyzing everything he said online.
Is that you?
LOL, of course it is
Several days later, Martha receives a delivery containing AI Ash’s body. Following the instructions, she throws it in the tub, adds electrolytes, and lets the body sit for 15 to 20 minutes while she waits downstairs. She hears footsteps descending from the second floor. Stunned, Martha is unable to move or speak as AI Ash approaches her, completely naked, making wisecracks that Martha could have at least left him some clothes.
I love you so much. I can't believe that we are back together again. HEART EMOJI!-
You're so beautiful. HEART EYES EMOJI.-
One day, when Ashley is twenty-three years old and walking home from a shift at the hospital, she catches a glimpse of a man who looks exactly like her father. In a panic, she does a double-take, feeling like she just saw a ghost, only to notice that he had disappeared.
She picks up her phone and dials Martha.
“Mom?” she asks hesitantly. “I swear, I think I just saw dad...”
Frozen, Martha mutters, “You've had a long day at work - it must just be your imagination. Go get some rest.”