By CAPosts 22 January, 2021 - 05:20pm 118 views
The technology giant Microsoft obtained a patent to create chatbots based on deceased people using their personal information, such as "images, voice recordings, social media posts, electronic messages," among other data.
The patent document details that “the specific person (whom the chat bot represents) may correspond to a past or present entity (or a version of it), such as a friend, a relative, an acquaintance, a celebrity , a fictional character, a historical figure, a random entity, etc ”. And he adds that "the specific person can also correspond to oneself (for example, the user who creates / trains the chat bot) ", meaning that living users could prepare their digital replacement in case of their death.
And even Microsoft has added the notion of 2D or 3D models of specific people, which are generated through images or video data, to improve the simulation of a dialogue with someone who has passed away.
In addition to Microsoft, other tech companies have thrown themselves into the race to use digital data to recreate the dead.
Eugenia Kuyda, co-founder of tech company Luka, used 8,000 text messages between herself and her friend Roman Mazurenko, who died in a car accident to create a chatbot that mimicked Mazurenko's way of speaking.
In October 2020, rapper Kanye West presented his wife, Kim Kardashian, with a hologram of his late father, Robert Kardashian. The bot spoke for about three minutes, addressing his daughter directly about her decision to become a lawyer and continue with her “legacy.”
The failed 2016
experiment Several specialized media echoed this new Microsoft endeavor and recalled that The company founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a major stumbling block in the area of chatbots in 2016, when it had to silence Tay, a bot for Twitter, because in less than 24 hours of taking action he went from being fun and friendly to attack other users on that platform and make Nazi apology: apparently contact with Twitter trolls generated this mutation in the system, which was nourished by interaction with users.
After the setback, Microsoft said then in a publication in a blog that Tay would only re-activate when its engineers found a way to prevent users from influencing the robot through messages that undermine the principles and values Company
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