How does it feel to be able to talk to the deceased at a funeral?

It is at least bizarre when the deceased also actively participates in a death ceremony.

For now, we cannot decide whether the technology that was recently tested in the United Kingdom will make the grieving process easier or harder. Marina Smith passed away in June, after a very meaningful life, and the family did not want her stories to be forgotten.

The deceased son’s company, which works on a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, has just been acquired, as it was perfectly able to adapt to the task. Before her death, Marina Smith told as many stories as she could, which were then uploaded to the software called StoryFile.

At the funeral, those mourning the deceased could ask questions, which were interpreted by the talking mechanism, and then the best matching recording was played in response. In this way, the artificial intelligence remained in the background and the most natural effect was achieved.

The company sees a wide range of potential commercial applications for the technology. StoryFile has also encouraged some celebrities to document their careers, including Star Trek actor William Shatner, whose video can be interacted with on the company’s website.

While they use a very exciting method, Marina Smith’s son said, current technology is not able to perfectly copy a deceased person, it only asks questions and gives answers.

Rollo Carpenter, who created the chaetbot called Cleverbot, points out that the big danger of such technologies is that they may put things into the mouth of the deceased that he would not have agreed with at all, and what is even more dangerous is that the listeners may believe that what an AI says.

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