The internet is buzzing over a brand-new technology produced by Microsoft designers that could make it possible to have a virtual conversation with a deceased loved one (well, type of).
A patent given to Microsoft last month details a method for developing a conversational chatbot imitated a specific person– a “past or present entity … such as a good friend, a relative, an acquaintance, a star, a fictional character, a historic figure,” according to the filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The innovation is reminiscent of a fictional app in the dystopian TV series “Black Mirror” that allowed a character to continue talking with her boyfriend after he dies in an accident, by pulling info from his social media.
Want to talk music with David Bowie? Do not get too excited, or freaked out for that matter: The business isn’t preparing to turn the innovation into an actual product.
Tim O’Brien, Microsoft’s basic supervisor of AI programs, stated in a tweet on Friday that he “validated that there’s no plan for this.” In a different tweet, he likewise echoed the sentiment of other web users commenting on the technology, saying, “yes, it’s disturbing.”
According to the patent details, the tool would choose “social data” such as images, social media posts, messages, voice data and written letters from the selected person. It might also rely on outdoors information sources, in case the user asked a concern of the bot that could not be addressed based on the person’s social information.
“Conversing in the personality of a specific person may consist of determining and/or using conversational qualities of the specific individual, such as style, diction, tone, voice, intent, sentence/dialogue length and complexity, consistency and subject,” along with utilizing behavioral characteristics such as interests and viewpoints and group info such as age, gender and profession, the patent states.
In some cases, the tool could even be used to apply voice and facial recognition algorithms to videos, images and recordings to develop a voice and 2D or 3D model of the person to boost the chatbot.
While Microsoft does not have strategies to create a product from the innovation, the patent does show that the possibilities for artificial intelligence have moved beyond developing phony individuals to creating virtual designs of genuine people.
The application for the Microsoft patent was filed in April 2017, which O’Brien said on Twitter predates the “AI principles examines we do today.” Nowadays, the business has an Office of Responsible AI and an AI, Ethics, and Effects in Engineering and Research Committee, which assist oversee its developments.
Do not get too fired up, or freaked out for that matter: The business isn’t preparing to turn the innovation into an actual item.
According to the patent details, the tool would cull “social data” such as images, social media posts, messages, voice information and written letters from the selected person. It might likewise rely on outdoors data sources, in case the user asked a question of the bot that couldn’t be answered based on the individual’s social information.