WIRED's August cover story is the personal account of writer James Vlahos' quest to give his dying father eternal life by creating a chatbot of him, per a release:
"Vlahos has long been interested in conversational computing. Even as an 11-year-old, he was fascinated with an early chatbot prototype that ran on a Commodore PET computer at his local library. He's also currently at work on a book about conversational computing."
"[W]hen Vlahos' father received a cancer diagnosis in April 2016, the idea of creating a chatbot of his father popped into his mind almost immediately."