Scientist Plans To Use Artificial Intelligence To Let Grieving Relatives Talk To The Deceased

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Science and Technology On 9th March 2018
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Chatbot

Swedish funeral agency, Fenix, plans to create chatbot using artificial intelligence. According to Sputnik News:

Swedish scientists believe that artificial intelligence can be harnessed to create 'fully conscious copies' of our loved ones after they die.

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Artificial intelligence technology

The agency will use artificial intelligence to reconstruct voices of the dead to comfort grieving people who lost their loved ones.

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Make the bot seem like a real person

Information of the dead person will be uploaded into a computer database and AI will be used to make the bot seem like a real person to interact with the relative of the deceased.

Answer questions

At our agency, we have developed a funeral cure that answers questions that relatives can have about the funeral. It's a cure, but it responds in a human way, says Charlotte Runius.

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Emotional implications

Talking about emotional implications Charlotte Runius said she will discuss the issue with Swedish Church representatives. She says an old man who has lost his wife and feels very lonely it may be worthwhile to chat with the bot online, even if he knows it’s not really her.

Prominent futurist Dr. Michio Kaku said:

"I think if we can effectively merge with AI, like improving the neural link between the cortex and your digital extension of yourself, which already exists but just has a bandwidth issue, then effectively, you become an AI-human symbiote, We don't have to worry about some evil dictator AI, because we are the AI collectively."

Looking for volunteers

They are currently looking for volunteers for this project that can offer up speech samples of their deceased relatives for the study.