How far should we go to commune with deceased loved ones? Looking at photos, talking to them, and, in some cultures, visiting their burial sites is considered quite normal and even expected. More recently, listening to old voicemail messages or looking at old social media posts has also become quite normal. But what about expecting them to talk back?
Chatbots trained on human speech patterns are "being considered as a way to facilitate bereavement, allowing us to communicate with loved ones through text messages. Using personal data and old messages, the bots can respond like your father, grandmother or sister. They can use your loved ones’ favorite phrases and dialectic habits." Welcome advance? Encouraging the bereaved to deny reality? Invasion of the deceased's privacy, image, or intellectual property? Who decides? (Quote from www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/style/modern-love-sister-vanished.html)
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