Tech Guy Changes Mind About Emulating Dead Parents After Watching “Black Mirror” Episode

Talk about a change of heart. Just days after tweeting that tech designed to emulate dead loved ones would be available to the “masses” by the end of the year, Pratik Desai, a computer scientist and AI investor, has done a full 180 — and all it took was watching a single “Black Mirror” episode. Investors are eager to find ways to extend life beyond death by making use of AI technology. Though specifics vary between projects — from disembodied voices that were trained on data collected before their death, to metaverse-based avatars — the idea is generally the same: with enough data, you can recreate a version of human consciousness with the use of AI algorithms. That also means there’s no need to say goodbye. Here they are in lines of code, always there when you want to talk. “Start regularly recording your parents, elders and loved ones,” computer scientist and AI investor Pratik Desai tweeted on Friday. “With enough transcript data, new voice synthesis and video models, there is a 100 percent chance that they will live with you forever after leaving physical body.” “This,” he added, “should be even possible by end of the year.” The “Black Mirror” episode, titled “Be Right Back,” questions the ethics of tech like this. It follows a character named Martha, who turns to a text-bot service after losing her partner, Ash, in an accident, which later turns into a voice chat and eventually a physical android representation of her deceased partner….Tech Guy Changes Mind About Emulating Dead Parents After Watching “Black Mirror” Episode

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