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AI: You could soon converse virtually with dead loved ones on your computer, says tech guru

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You could soon be reunited with your loved ones who have passed on, even if it is just virtually. Thanks to technology, you can potentially talk to them via your computer.

Dr. Pratik Desai, a renowned computer scientist from Silicon Valley, has made the daring claim that a person’s consciousness could be transferred to digital devices by the end of the year as his expertise in developing AI platforms furthers his vision of making this idea a reality.

“Start regularly recording your parents, elders, and loved ones,” he urged Friday via Twitter.

“Literally, if I die — and I have this data collected — people can come or my kids, they can come in, and they can have a conversation with my avatar, with my movements, with my voice,” founder and CEO Artur Sychov told Vice.

Lord have mercy!

He added, “You will meet the person. And you would maybe for the first 10 minutes while talking to that person, you would not know that it’s actually AI. That’s the goal.”

“With enough transcript data, new voice synthesis, and video models, there is a 100% chance that they will live with you forever after leaving your physical body,” Desai continued. “This should be even possible by end of the year.”

If you wish to keep someone’s memories alive forever, one way is to upload their consciousness into an AI system. This requires saving videos, voice recordings, documents, and photos of the person into your computer which are then used to teach the AI about them.

The ultimate aim is to create a virtual representation of a loved one who has passed away, so their memory will always stay alive within you. By creating this avatar, it will almost feel like they are still with you in some way.

Deepbrain has come up with a revolutionary program known as “Re;memory” which gives users the advantage of virtually walking through memorials dedicated to their late loved ones and even having conversations with them.

AI-driven deep fakes have made it easier to manipulate videos and replace the actual image of a person with a hard-to-discern imitation, which can have quite startling results.

An AI platform has used a ‘digital twin’ of Bruce Willis, enabling his likeness to appear on-screen despite his retirement from acting. The reason for this is his diagnosis of aphasia, which is a brain disorder that impairs communication skills.

Bruce Willis’ deep fake made its first appearance in August 2021 when it was featured in a commercial for MegaFon, a Russian telecom firm. Willis’ facial features were ‘attached’ to Konstantin Solovyov’s body for the advertised product.

The Willis family has the final authority to decide what can be done with his image, and they appear to have granted permission for that particular advertisement campaign to use it.

All this technology may come at a costly price. With further development of AI, we could face serious consequences such as circulating wrong information and losing jobs. There is also a risk that AI may become more intelligent than us and possibly take over our civilization, leaving us with no control.

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