A chatbot with deceased people. That’s what a patent Microsoft has received describes.
As The Independent reports, the patent describes a bot that simulates a specific person based on “images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages” and other personal information.
The person does not necessarily have to be deceased, but can also be alive. In principle, the bot can represent people of all kinds, including “a friend, family member or acquaintance, celebrity, fictional character, historical figure, any being, etc.”
Of course, this is “only” a patent and does not mean that it will ever become a reality. The technology described by Microsoft even describes the creation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional models of a real or imaginary person.
Microsoft doesn’t explicitly rule out that this bot could be from a deceased person, and in fact suggests that you can create a version of yourself and train it to “exist” after your death.
In light of this patent, it appears that Microsoft researchers have spent too much time watching Black Mirror chapters.