Have you ever wished you could bring back a deceased loved one and spend just a few more moments with them?
What if technology could make that possible?
The concept of bringing deceased loved ones back to life may seem like something out of a science-fiction movie, but with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), it’s becoming a reality.
AI technology is advancing rapidly and is now being used to create realistic, interactive digital recreations of individuals who have passed away.
In this blog post, we’ll explore how AI is helping people recreate deceased loved ones and the ethical questions that arise from this new technology.
How AI recreates deceased loved ones?
The process of creating a digital recreation of a deceased loved one begins with collecting and analyzing data. This data can come from various sources such as social media profiles, emails, photos, videos, and voice recordings.
The AI algorithms then use this data to create a digital version of the individual, complete with their mannerisms, speech patterns, and personality traits.
As per a report by Digital Trends,
“Companies are now utilizing a combination of tools, including the ChatGPT chatbot and the Midjourney image generator, along with photos and voice recordings, to create digital recreations of deceased loved ones. These recreations offer a way for grieving families and friends to interact and communicate with their loved one even after they have passed away.”
One company that offers this service is Eternime. Their platform allows users to create a digital avatar of themselves that can interact with friends and family members after they pass away.
“Our technology gathers personal data to create a digital version of a person, which is then able to interact with family and friends, almost as if they were still alive.”
The ethical questions
While the idea of creating a digital recreation of a deceased loved one may seem appealing to some, it raises important ethical questions.
- Is it ethical to create a digital version of someone without their consent?
- What happens to the data that is collected and used to create the digital recreation?
- Who owns the rights to the digital recreation, and what happens if they are used for malicious purposes?
These are just a few of the questions that need to be addressed as this technology continues to advance.
Moreover, it is very important to consider the potential consequences of creating digital recreations of deceased loved ones and to have open and honest discussions about the ethical implications.
The potential impact
The impact of this technology is still unknown, but it has the potential to change the way we think about death and grief.
It could provide comfort to those who are grieving by allowing them to interact with a digital recreation of their loved one.
Furthermore, it could also provide a way for future generations to learn about their ancestors and family history in a more interactive way.
According to a survey conducted by OnePoll,
“65% of respondents said they would consider creating a digital version of themselves to pass on to loved ones after they pass away.”
The survey also found that
“37% of respondents would like to be able to interact with a digital recreation of a deceased loved one.”
The concept of recreating deceased loved ones with AI technology is still in its infancy, and there are many ethical questions that need to be addressed.
However, the potential impact of this technology is significant, and it has the potential to provide comfort and healing to those who are grieving.
As this technology continues to evolve, it’s important to have open and honest discussions about the ethical implications and to ensure that individuals’ rights to privacy and consent are respected.
As Marius Ursache of Eternime explains,
“Death is inevitable, but memories can live on forever.”
AI technology may provide a way for those memories to live on in a more interactive and meaningful way.