Microsoft have been granted a patent for a new type of AI which can be completely based on real people. The chatbot can mimic the personality of anyone from a friend, or relative or even a celebrity – from existing public records.
This would allow people to, basically, talk to the dead
Other than being incredibly creepy, it’s basically the same concept behind the episode of Black Mirror below:
Pretty creepy, if you ask us…
Don’t worry though, Tim O’brien, the current General Manager of AI programs at Microsoft confirmed on Twitter that it’s not going to happen. It’s been deemed “too disturbing.”
Ya, I get it, no worries. At any rate, confirmed that there’s no plan for this. But if I ever get a job writing for Black Mirror, I’ll know to go to the USPTO website for story ideas.— Tim O'Brien (@_TimOBrien) January 22, 2021