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AI chatbot is the new Ouija board

If you could chat with a friend or relative who has passed away, would you? Well, if you really want to, you just may be able to. In a scene straight out of the dystopian series Black Mirror a Canadian man, desperate to “connect” with his late fiancee, used artificial intelligence to have conversations with her. He logged onto a chat website called Project December, then fed details about his late lover into the chatbot, including some text messages and personal characteristics. The system basically “manufactures” a digital version of your loved one as a chatbot so you can text them as if they were alive. We won’t lie… it’s all a little freaky. 👻

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 29 July 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.