Creepy chatbot patent filed by Microsoft

It is planned that even deceased people will be able to be displayed by chat robots.

Microsoft recently had one patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which would allow the company to build a chat robot application using data from deceased individuals. For development, they would not only use general data, but also use that person’s visual and audio materials, social media posts, and online message exchanges.

As stated in the patent documentation, “The specific person represented by the chat robot may correspond to a past or present entity (or a variant thereof), such as a friend, relative, acquaintance, celebrity, fictional character, historical figure, random entity, and so on.“.

If that weren’t thought-provoking enough, the following passage also mentions a special case: “The person can also correspond to himself (for example, the user who creates / teaches the chat robot)“, which is a subtle hint that living users can create a digital replica for themselves in the event of their death.

That sounds creepily exciting, doesn’t it? Yet the idea itself is not new at all; the popular Black Mirror series also covered this to some extent, and other companies have already tried to create a chatbot along personal data that tried to imitate and copy a deceased person.

It deals with developments related to otherwise artificial intelligence Wound its founder, Eugenia Kuyda, used 8,000 lines of text messages in 2016 for a chatbot that had a mission: to mimic the deceased friend’s speech style. Although Kuyda herself made a forward-looking statement about the operation of the chat robot, the deceased’s father found it difficult to read the program’s responses. Especially since he was sometimes mistaken for the existence of a program.

This is also a good indication that although technology is seemingly available, its understanding, acceptance and processing is no longer on the side of companies.


Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.

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