AI is Just a Popular Necromancer! It Keeps Bringing Back the Dead to Life
AI technology upgraded which allowed a dead woman to talk to people who showed up at her funeral
Losing a loved one can be devastating. Our cultures and religions help us get through the loss using rituals such as funerals, memorials, etc. What if you could talk to a digital facsimile of a deceased loved one? Would you be talking to them? Would you even want to? Well, believe it or not, AI will let you talk to them!
Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the next big thing, it is now a big thing in every industry. AI has been purely integrated into our blood through various sectors and now whether we are talking about the business industry, healthcare industry, or beauty industry, the presence of artificial intelligence can be easily noticed, and the ways it is contributing to bringing revolutionary transformation globally. Start-ups and large firms are opting for AI-powered tools to enhance their business on a large scale.
In recent years, technology has been employed to resurrect the dead.
Marina Smith, an 87-year-old woman who rest in peace in June, was able to address the sorrower at her own funeral in the UK — sort of, at least, thanks to the competence of AI. The woman was capable of surprising the guests at the funeral in the form of a “holographic conversational video experience,” developed by her son’s start-up named StoryFile.
Dr. Stephen Smith, the CEO, and Co-Founder of the LA-based AI company Story File played his mother’s videos on a screen at a funeral.
It looked like they were playing just a simple video of Smith, but actually, the digital avatar was also responding to questions asked by relatives at the funeral.
But how does it work? Firstly, we need to have clarity that AI technology was not responsible for creating answers to the questions. Dr. Smith explained that the company recorded various videos of his mother answering several questions and split them up into small clips. Then, the AI technology matched the questions asked by guests to play the correct clip, simulating an interaction. StoryFile made use of 20 cameras to film the woman answering around 250 questions earlier to her death. This data was then fed into AI-powered tools that were able to virtually recreate her after she passed away.
Do you think it will be possible to eventually create videos and chatbots that are impossible to distinguish from real people? And the answer is yes! With AI technology becoming more advanced. All artificial intelligence algorithms need to be trained on large datasets. If one has numerous texts or voice recordings from a person to train the artificial intelligence algorithms, it’s very achievable to design a chatbot that presents identical responses to the real person. The challenges arise in unstructured environments, where the program has to respond to situations it hasn’t encountered before.
The illusion must have been pretty horrifying to the funeral attendees. Stephen Smith was capable to converse with the virtual representation of his mother in real-time, and even gave attendants the good chance to ask questions as well. “Mum answered questions from grieving relatives after they had watched her cremation,” Smith told The Telegraph. “The extraordinary thing was that she answered their questions with new details and honesty,” he stated.
“People feel emboldened when recording their data. Mourners might get an unrestricted and true version of their lost loved one.”
She’s not limited to having been revived with the power of AI technology by StoryFile. A holographic representation of the former Screen Actors Guild president Ed Asner was able to answer questions from attendees at his own funeral earlier this year. “Nothing could prepare me for what I was going to witness when I saw it,” Matt Asner, the actor’s son, uttered Axios last month. He further said that other attendees were a little creeped out by it because it was like having his presence in the room.
StoryFile’s attempts are representative of a much larger push by Silicon Valley to breathe new life into the dead with the power of artificial intelligence. Past this year, for instance, tech giant Amazon exhibits a creepy new feature of its Alexa smart speaker presuming a late grandmother’s voice reading a bedtime story to a child.
AI and virtual reality have been contributing to an additional extent in way of living and hold the potential to approach every possible aspect of life. In the next coming years, we can witness much more development in the industry with artificial intelligence.