Researchers and businessmen have begun to study the possibility of using artificial intelligence to create copies of people after their death, not only in the form of fixed replicas but also sophisticated digital entities that can run companies or even influence global events.
And the Wall Street Journal published an article noting that several startups are already anticipating a growing demand for digital characters, including Replika, an app that learns to copy a person in the form of a chatbot, and HereAfter AI, which records and uses people's life stories. To create a replica built into a smart speaker.
Big tech companies seem to realize the horizon of possibilities, as Microsoft recently patented a way to use chatbots to personify historical figures and people, and digital characters take many forms, from chatbots to animated robots that point and speak like real beings.
All of this relies mainly on artificial intelligence to build these robots and train them to interact with people, and indeed, hologram-like performances of departing music artists have been shown on stage.
Microsoft has obtained a patent that two of the company's inventors, Dustin Abramson and Joseph Johnson, described as a chatbot that uses data from social media, audio recordings, and writing to train a chatbot to speak and interact according to a given person's personality, simulate their voice, and interact using 2D or 3D images. To create a more realistic, human-like chatting experience.
As digital characters approach the real thing, they are able to learn and develop after the death of the original and adapt to new events as they occur. This would grant a kind of digital immortality, not only preserving the character but also allowing it to live in a virtual form. These immortal characters interact with their families, friends, and grandchildren long after their death, preserving history and genealogy, and can also be used on a spacecraft to explore the universe for example.
David Borden, author, and CEO of Daden Ltd, a UK-based chatbot maker, says that living people can use digital replicas of themselves via email and chat with colleagues to get more work done, or to take over while on vacation. It is easier to anticipate this progress, as an Elon Musk-like executive might want to use a digital persona to run a business after his death.
As with many sci-fi visions of the future, there are downsides. Virtual characters, for example, are inherently imperfect because they are usually based on speech, writing, social media posts, and other outputs that do not necessarily express a person's essence. Created by artificial intelligence has no conscience or consciousness.
Replicas of people can also be created without their knowledge or permission if there is enough data in the public domain to train an AI model, and historical figures can be revived, whether they like it or not, and good imitations can also allow famous people or politicians to influence events. future. The application of this concept remains subject to a lot of controversies today before it crystallizes in its final form.