Spoiler Alert? Have you not seen or read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? Then avert your eyes!
When Dumbledore dies in the Half Blood Prince he doesn’t really die. I mean yeah they bury him but then they hang a picture of him in his old study.
As you know pictures in the Wizarding world move, talk, and interact with the people they see.
If you wanted to talk to Dumbledore you could just talk to his portrait. It wouldn’t be the same but judging from the other portraits he would have his same personality and would know the same things as when he died.
With the Internet we can record and know what we are thinking by what we post and how we interact. This has enabled information aggregators like Google and social media sites like Twitter to report on what the world is thinking at any given time.
Before you die you can pay companies to manage your accounts when you die. They will clean up any loose ends, pay debts, and tell your friends and followers you’ve died. (original story http://bit.ly/bmD3Mk)
What if instead of cleaning up your files making them ready for you to be forgotten, they continued posting for you?
Just as a magical portrait mimics the life of a wizard, computers could mimic the online life of a muggle.
The AI in Spore mimics the patterns of other player to give gamers new races to come in contact with. When a gamer encounters a new species, it is controlled by a computer in a similar pattern to that of the gamer who first made the species.
I think it would be cool to have a computer constantly analyzing what you do and create on the Internet & reproducing that on the internet.
Maybe even making vlogs & skype calls to interact with the online population just as a magical portrait would interact with people walking by.
The major problem is how would the friends and family react to a computer assuming the life of a loved one. I do not know how they would react.
Maybe they would become very attached to the computer assumed profile, or maybe they would become distant from it & get mad at the computer’s profile.
I don’t know if its good or bad but it would be interesting.