Technology will bring the dead back to life

Technology will bring the dead back to life

Let’s imagine a typical morning for a modern person: you wake up, get ready for work (make toast, make coffee), have breakfast with your family, and then say goodbye and go to work. This is a classic start to the day for many of us. However, there is something unusual in this: your lover died a few years ago, but you have the opportunity to continue to have breakfast with him, though not quite with him, but with his “imitation”.

3D modeling is actively flourishing, with the help of which, perhaps very soon, we will be able to “resurrect” our loved ones. One such device for home use could be the Oculus Rift.

The American company promises to create a device with which to analyze the data of your deceased relative and create a digital “copy” on their basis. The voice, gait, manners, laughter of a person will be simulated.

If we cannot interact with the dead, then this can be done with their digital copies.

The death of his father prompted the developer of this technology to implement it.

It was impossible even to dream of such technology 200 years ago, but today we have a chance to translate it into reality. Perhaps, after the death of a person, it will be possible to continue to communicate with him as if he did not die. Apparently, technology is already ready to provide us with such an opportunity, and this is far from science fiction.

Using the same smartphone, you can get a fairly accurate analysis of how a person behaves. This method of collecting data will become the main one for creating a digital copy of a deceased person. Experts are confident that modeling may not be as difficult as it seems at first glance. Take, for example, the computer program ELIZA, a virtual interlocutor developed by Joseph Weizenbaum in 1966. But she could convince a person that he was talking to a psychotherapist.

Since then, bots have become more and more sophisticated.

But the question arises, will a digital copy of a person have a soul? The answer to this question is complex and, most likely, negative, because the goal of this project is to create a digital, not a bodily model of a person.

Digital modeling of the deceased can be seen as the next step in the evolution of humanity. This technology will make it possible to ensure that a person’s life will no longer be completely gone.

At the same time, this technology will change the attitude towards life. Imagine that you no longer need to say goodbye to anyone (until the moment you yourself die). Of course, the death of a loved one will be accompanied by the bitterness of loss, but at the same time you will be able to “enjoy” communication with a digital copy of a person.

Such a digital world can have a detrimental effect on the real one. For example, why interact with an irritable brother or sister when you can use their calmer counterpart?

There is a possibility that digital models can develop new and unexpected patterns of behavior. Perhaps because of this, a person will hold a grudge against an already deceased person.

But will it be so easy to implement this technology in life? Perhaps the legal framework will become an obstacle. There is no exact answer to this question yet. But we hope that very soon the manufacturers will introduce us to this technology.

This article originally appeared on Aeon.co.

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