What happens to our loved ones' memories in the digital afterlife?

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Jessica with her friends, Ish and Amy
Jessica with her friends, Ish and Amy

Facebook gets a bad rap a lot of the time, but it is good for some things. These include: keeping on top of your group chat with 13 former school friends who now live on different corners of the earth, watching funny cat videos, or providing a helpful log of all of your worst haircuts and outfits over the years in an array of embarrassing photo albums.

It has become something far less mundane for those of us who have lost loved ones and are left to deal with their digital legacy, which can bring both comfort and distress. Yesterday, Facebook announced it would harness artificial intelligence to halt what it admitted had been intrusions into users’ grief: from suggestions they invite dead friends...