Psychics are now an endangered species. The revival of the dead,might help
That is if a Swedish funeral agency has their way. Fenix funeral agency is looking to digitally immortalize deceased loved ones. Talking with the dead was once the domain of psychics but if Fenix has their way, that profession will see a decline in customers.
Is Fenix trying to the revival of the dead
To some, this may be the case but in reality, all the company is doing is filling a void left by the passing of a loved one. They are trying to bring a little solace to the bereaved through an AI technological application. There is no attempt to bring false hope to the family nor is there any claim that they are trying to bring the dead back to life.
Are dead chatbots ethical
This is a question raised by many who hear about this project. So far nothing unethical has been proposed by the Swedish funeral agency. Their mission is to provide digital afterlife experience t those who miss their departed family members.
If the Fenix funeral agency used the AI program to manipulate the emotionally vulnerable or made promises they could not keep, then ethical questions may be raised. But given the information and the objective of Fenix, nothing unethical or nefarious seem to be taking place behind the scenes.
Is this the first step in digital copies of humans
There are those leading businessmen and scientists who are giving gloomy predictions about AI applications. They are saying that eventually, AI robots will become a life form of their own and wreak havoc on the world.
To them, this may be the first step in such a transformation. The digitally copied human interaction to them indicates that eventually, AI will be able to duplicate life and apply it to itself.
This type of thinking is more paranoia in action than rational thought identifying an actual problem. As of now, neither AI nor humans have the power to create life or the revival of the dead. The best they can do is make poor copies that are vulnerable to an on/off switch.
A digital memory not cloning
According to Fenix’s CEO, Charlotte Runius, there is no attempt to clone human life with this AI digital immortality application. All that the company is doing is replacing old timeline photo albums and videos.
The only difference is that those family members left behind to get to have actual conversations about real-time problems. Or conduct a simple conversation because one needs to shore up their emotions.
Is this a digital afterlife
No, not really. All that is taking place is producing an artificial replacement for a lost member of the family. While it may talk, it cannot think nor is the AI robot alive. It just fills a need not provide an alternative destination for eternity.
The only people who need to be afraid of this technology right now are the psychics. Their income may decrease once this AI application gets a foothold in society.
In spite of all of the good this technology may do, the jury is still out on if it is a good idea or not.