Microsoft patents tech that will let you chat will dead people

    Thankfully, Microsoft has no plans of building this chatbot.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 14:33 IST
    Microsoft has been granted patent for a chatbot.
    Microsoft has been granted patent for a chatbot. (REUTERS)
    Microsoft has been granted patent for a chatbot.
    Microsoft has been granted patent for a chatbot. (REUTERS)

    If you had to say one last thing to your grandpa or your cat before they passed away, what would it be? Well, Microsoft has patented a technology, which if implemented will enable people to have full-blown conversations with people who are long gone.

    The patent titled “Creating a conversational chatbot of a specific person” that was filed back in 2017 and granted this month talks about creating a ‘conversational chatbot of a specific person' that would access social data, which includes images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages, and written letters among others, to create or modify a special index in the theme of the specific person's personality.'

    The patent says that all of these details will be used to ‘train the chatbot to train the chatbot in the personality of that specific person.' Furthermore, the patent says that in some cases a 2D or 3D model of a specific person may be generated using images, depth information and the video data associated with the specific person.

    To put it simply, the chatbot will interact with you like your long lost friend or relative, which is both disturbing and a bit Black Mirror-esque. It's also scary because in wrong hands this technology can wreak havoc. Thankfully, Microsoft has no plans of building this chatbot from the ground up.

    Microsoft's General Manager of AI Program in a set of tweets clarified that he isn't aware of any plans that include bringing this chatbot to life.

    He also admitted that this tech does sound a bit ‘disturbing'.

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    First Published Date: 25 Jan, 16:51 IST
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