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Abomination: Microsoft Patents AI Chatbots That Imitate Dead People

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Published on: January 24, 2021

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. -Deuteronomy 18:10-12

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.  Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. -Ephesians 9:5-6

There was an episode of the Netflix series Black Mirror, which probes many of the things that can and probably would go wrong using technology, that explores the idea of creating an artificial intelligence of a person that dies for their spouse, only then later to form it into a 3D replica.  Well, in a December 2020 patent, Microsoft outlines a process for uploading data about a person, even the deceased, to turn their likeness into a chatbot.

Tyler Durden has the story.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Microsoft one of the most bizarre patents to date: chatbots using deceased people’s personal information. 

The Independent reports that Microsoft is creating an AI-based chatbot based on “images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages,” and other personal information. It’s thought that the chatbot would simulate the deceased person’s human conversation.

The patent describes a “specific person [who the chatbot represents] may correspond to a past or present entity (or a version thereof), such as a friend, a relative, an acquaintance, a celebrity, a fictional character, a historical figure, a random entity, etc.”

“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chatbot,” the patent said, implying that living users could train AI-based chatbot as their digital replacement in the event of death.

The patent even includes creating 2-D or 3-D models of the person based on images, videos, and other information.

If the patent doesn’t lead to any tangible tech, it’s a reminder of the digital age we live in. 

“Technically, we can recreate anyone online given enough data,” Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, told Reuters in April 2020. “That opens up a Pandora’s box of ethical implications.”

In that Netflix episode, “Be Right Back,” a woman named Martha is so distraught by the untimely death of her husband, Ash, that she falls into the trap of an AI-generated replica of him.  Eventually, she wants more and though he appears real, it’s obviously not the real Ash.

Ladies and gentlemen, this will do nothing more than lead people towards doing the very thing God said not to engage in and that is contact with the dead.  Whether it is AI or not, the fact of the matter is the mindset of people that will engage in this kind of behavior only leads them further and further away from the God of the living.

Should we expect anything less from a company whose founder is all about population control, pumping you full of poisons and making money at your expense?

I think not.

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