"Digital reincarnation": a person after death can be turned into a chat bot

What is chatbot digital reincarnation?

These are digital copies of living or deceased individuals in the form

intelligent digital interlocutor.They will be executed in the form of a chat program, which ascertains the needs of users, and then helps to satisfy them. Automatic communication with is conducted using text or voice.

The ideal interlocutor is supposed to pass the Turing test. It is an empirical test that determines if a machine can think.

The standard interpretation of this test is: “A person interacts with one computer andby one person. Based on the answers to the questions, he must determine who he is talking to: a person or a computer program. The task of a computer program is to mislead a person into making the wrong choice".

All test participants cannot see each other. If the judge cannot say for sure which of the interlocutors is a human, then the car is considered to have passed the test.

Standard interpretation of the Turing test

Why do you need a chatbot?

The goals of specific dialogues between people differ. You can just "chat", or you can discuss an important problem. In recent years, the technology of self-learning bots has been actively developing.

Programs capable of understand individual statements of the user, form a class of programs with a natural language interface. For example, a question-answer system.

The creation of virtual interlocutors borders on the problem of general artificial intelligence, that is, a unified system (program, machine) that simulates human intellectual activity.

How does a chatbot work?

Virtual interlocutors work with "live" language. Natural language processing, a special colloquial style, is an acute problem of artificial intelligence.

Like any intelligent system, a virtual interlocutor has a knowledge base. In the simplest case, it is a set of possible questions user and corresponding answers... The most common methods of choosing an answer in this case are as follows:

  • Keyword Reactions:This method was used in Eliza. For example, if a user's phrase contained the words "father," "mother," "son," and others, Eliza might respond, "Tell us more about your family."
  • Phrase match: This refers to the similarity of the user's phrase to those contained in the knowledge base. Word order can also be considered.
  • Matching context:Often in the manuals to the interlocutor programs, they are asked not to use phrases rich in pronouns, such as: "What is this?" For a correct answer, some programs can analyze the user's previous phrases and select the appropriate answer.

How to create a chatbot from a human?

The psychological profile of the chatbot will be formed on the basis of a whole range of different data:

  • Images
  • Vote
  • Social media posts
  • Emails
  • Messages in messengers

Essentially, any form of information describing orcreated by the right person. On the basis of this data, a special index is created, which will determine the characteristic features of the bot's "personality" Judging by the use of the term "training", the algorithm will include neural networks, but this is not directly indicated in the application.

How is the service implemented?

To download information about a person whoit is required to "reincarnate", both mobile devices (tablet or smartphone) and any computers can be used. The system will be client-server: they plan to use a remote web portal to create an index, train the bot and store all data.

The required data can be provided both from stationary computers and from mobile devices.

In addition to the text chatbot imitatingpersonal characteristics of a particular person, the product of this service can be a two-dimensional or three-dimensional graphic model of a person, as well as a personalized voice synthesizer.

That is, "reincarnation" will not only write asreal personality. She will be able to look and speak like the right person. The application does not specify whether this development is intended to simulate living people or whether it is going to be used to digitally resurrect those who have already died.

Have you created chatbots for the dead before?

Yes, for example the journalist James Vlachos createda chatbot based on all the information he knew about his father. The app can tell facts from his biography, respond with his voice, or sing his favorite songs. Also, "imitation" of a deceased relative is able to maintain a conversation and recognize family members. The journalist did all this in order to ensure his "digital immortality".

The main task of the journalist was topredict the possible reactions of the "digital copy" of the father. Vlahos started with obvious answers like "good", "clear", "funny" and others. He also added remarks in case of an unforeseen development of the conversation: in this case, the virtual interlocutor should offer to change the subject. A few days later, James programmed the first "thread" in which his father says "Hello."

Also, the startup Luka released a chat bot for its messenger, which reproduces the manner of communication of Roman Mazurenko, who died in an accident, the former art director of Strelka and founder of the startup Stampsy.

And the startup Eterni.me offered users "eternal life" in the format of a virtual avatar that can chat after the death of the owner. Reported by CNet.

Founders of the American startup Eterni.me stated that they have developed a means by which a person can be digitally recreated after death. The service is built around the technique of creating a portrait of a person based on his activities on the Internet, photos, emails, information from social networks and correspondence from chats.

The home page of the site says that Eterni.me processes the collected information "using sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms, and generates a virtual user self, an avatar that emulates a personality and can interact with people."

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