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In the fast lane we are living in who would have thought that we could soon communicate with our deceased loved ones via a chatbot? Microsoft has been granted a license that allows the company to make a chatbot using the personal information of deceased people. 

Under the patent, Microsoft can create an artificial intelligence bot based on images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages, and more personal information of a deceased person.

The program would work by pulling data from the person’s social media posts and text messages.

One of the primary reasons that companies are entering the space is to capitalize on the power of predictive purchasing. The idea is that if they know how you think they can connect with you emotionally.

Companies are now racing to create digitized human clones capable of engaging with real-world people. It might seem like a kind act to provide some temporary relief for people reeling from the loss of a loved one. But resurrecting the dead via chatbots could have dangerous implications and long-term grief.

We’ve been living with Chatbots and automated text and voice robots for years. However, they’re getting smarter over time as firms toss emotional intelligence, deep fake technology and audio synthesis into the mix.

The problem that we might face is that it can become more of an addiction because we would want to feel closer to the person that we’ve lost rather than living the life we are currently living in, without them. The other problem we might face is that these companies creating these bots might want to profit from your grief and distress.

We are living through an era marked by surveillance capitalism where the commodity for sale is your data. We’re also living through an artificial intelligence revolution that’s unlocking new ways to replicate humans, and firms are racing to develop clones that serve a host of purposes.

The modern “séance” therefore includes advanced technology. Does anybody else see something wrong with this picture?

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