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'Disturbing' New Bot Allows You to Talk to Dead People

January 29, 2021 Eric Sorensen
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'Disturbing' New Bot Allows You to Talk to Dead People
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'Disturbing' New Bot Allows You to Talk to Dead People
Jan 29, 2021
Eric Sorensen

When you’re on the cutting edge of AI development, it’s all but guaranteed that some of your more extreme ideas will wind up in a development holding pattern. And for Microsoft, this is one of those times, as company leaders recently released more details on a robotics project that will be staying in the concept phase… at least for now.

And the reason is a good one: it’s too disturbing.

Microsoft obtained a patent last month on a conversational Chatbot that could be custom made to resemble a specific person such as, according to the patent filing, a friend, relative, celebrity or historical figure. 

Show Notes

When you’re on the cutting edge of AI development, it’s all but guaranteed that some of your more extreme ideas will wind up in a development holding pattern. And for Microsoft, this is one of those times, as company leaders recently released more details on a robotics project that will be staying in the concept phase… at least for now.

And the reason is a good one: it’s too disturbing.

Microsoft obtained a patent last month on a conversational Chatbot that could be custom made to resemble a specific person such as, according to the patent filing, a friend, relative, celebrity or historical figure.