Microsoft Patent to Turn Dead People into AI Bots; Netizens Explode with Black Mirror Comparisons
The iconic 80’s sci-fi film ‘Back to the Future II’ imagined the year 2015 to be a world of flying cars and real hover technology. Well, we are in 2021 and flying cars seem a dim possibility yet.
That is not to say that tech giants aren’t doing their research to make our tech fantasies a reality. The latest patent filed by Microsoft introduces the world to a technology that is as bizarre as our craziest sci-fi fantasies.
How would you like the idea of recreating a deceased loved one using AI?
No, really. Microsoft has filed a patent that may allow us to chat with digital 3D versions of our loved ones. The technology would use data related to the person like their photos, voice recordings, messages, and social media posts to automatically create their 3D likeness.
The patent has already garnered comparisons to the dystopian sci-fi series ‘Black Mirror’. The comparison is a bit too fitting, and scarily so. The Black Mirror episode ‘Be Right Back’ shows a character use a similar technology to reconnect with her loved one after a car accident.
When Black Mirror trends, but it's just Microsoft being all: pic.twitter.com/WBjGiqpAk0— iain (@Keroffin) January 22, 2021
Having seemingly learned nothing from Black Mirror, Microsoft has filed a patent that would create chatbots based on dead loved ones' personal information. https://t.co/wotNGzV03l pic.twitter.com/riz7JiV9FB— IGN (@IGN) January 21, 2021
This Black Mirror episode is brought to you by Microsoft. https://t.co/4KRLlzU6Yl— Sam (@SamSpicola) January 21, 2021
So apparently Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to bring the Black Mirror episode 'Be Right Back' to reality. Now do 'San Junipero' next. https://t.co/spYruwPZOI— John M (@John_M15) January 22, 2021
This real-life episode shows that despite living in a technological wonderland full of smart devices, we still don’t know how to react to ideas on the bleeding edge of technology.
What do you think of this move by Microsoft? Would the humans of 2021 be able to accept it? Let us know in the comments.