The living-dead chatbot would be fed all available traces of the deceased – their “images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages,” and other data – in an effort to mimic their personality as closely as possible. Videos would also be used to generate a 2D or 3D model of the person, further adding verisimilitude by incorporating not just their surface appearance but also their behavioral mannerisms.
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The patent includes some inventive (and almost certainly cringe-worthy) work-arounds for people who left minimal electronic footprints. For instance, they can be outfitted with a “generic chat index,” which sounds even more depressing than losing the dead person in the first place. And if they’re a famous person who didn’t leave a lot of private recordings to work from? Why, publicly available data – “Wikipedia articles, biographies/autobiographies, print/audio/video news stories, podcasts, etc” – will work just fine.
Assuming the person isn’t one of thousands of public figures Wikipedia editors have taken it upon themselves to smear, of course.
Many on social media were nauseated by Big Tech muscling further into their lives, suggesting this invention would merely render humanity more unhinged.
NEW – Microsoft files a patent to bring back dead loved ones as AI “chatbots” from their digital harvested data, having seemingly learned nothing from Black Mirror.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) January 22, 2021
no way. no way. I don’t give a f…. who died. they will exist in my memories and not as some chat bot.
1) its too creepy
2) it cannot be good for the living person’s mental wellbeing. you will likely become detached from reality, etc. https://t.co/QBQkCD4nEp
— Jeremy Judkins (@jeremyjudkins) January 22, 2021
Others made the point that, given the direction reality was going, they weren’t particularly interested in being brought back from the dead – with some warning that the “resurrected” loved ones would almost certainly end up “speak[ing] about ads and offers.”