Microsoft patents tech that can use your data to make a chatbot based on you after you die

Jan 23rd

Resurrection isn't what it used to be.

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to Microsoft that outlines a process to create a conversational chatbot of a specific person using their social data. In an eerie twist, the patent says the chatbot could potentially be inspired by friends or family members who are deceased, which is almost a direct plot of a popular episode of Netflix's Black Mirror.According to the new Microsoft patent, images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages, and written letters can all be used to "create or modify a specific index in the theme of the specific person's personality." From there, engineers can use the index to train a chatbot to converse like that person—yes, even if they're already dead.

I am totally comfortable with this and it in no way makes me want to run screaming down the street.

"Technically, we can recreate anyone online given enough data."

Yep, no problem. Sounds technically feasible and I am intellectually intrigued by the sophistication of the underlying technological architecture and...

The application could also don the likeness of your dead loved one in a "2D or 3D model," and utilize their voice while talking to you.

Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!

Sorry, I'm back.

No, not that kind of back, back in the physical sense as in I'm not dead yet.

As the article points out, the patent is essentially an episode of "Black Mirror," come to life. Or, death.

Okay, this is getting confusing.

For the record, should someone recreate a digital version of me, I have one small request.

Could you make me a little taller?


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