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Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing at a rapid pace, but it can’t quite bring back the dead – yet.
However, a new piece of “magical” software can summon a virtual “seance” and simulate speaking to lost loved ones.
Jarren Rocks is a product designer behind Los Angeles-based tech firm, AE Studio, working on a new chatbot, Seance AI.
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The company compared the programme to a high-tech Ouija board that can be used to reach closure with those who have died.
While it may conjure up images of the Black Mirror episode where a hyper-realistic loved one is brought from the other side, it’s only meant to be used in short chunks.
Jarren told Fox News: “A traditional seance isn't something that lasts forever.”
People have long tried to communicate with the dead, with seances hitting peak popularity in the late 19th century.
And those who are spiritual sceptical about reaching the dead have had another avenue opened up thanks to the new tech.
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Seance AI is being developed to help people “process loss” of family members or friends, which “helps encourage closure” and “unresolved emotions”, he added.
The software will use large language models (LLMs), a form of AI which is trained by feeding it huge amounts of text in order to mimic human conversation.
The programme employs tech from OpenAI, which was co-founded by Elon Musk and is behind ChatGPT.
Before initiating the AI seance, users will upload a wealth of information on the deceased person – from when they were alive – they wish to ‘communicate’ with.
“We're trying to make it sound as magical and as mystical as possible”, Jarren told Futurism.
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They can send a message and converse with their simulated loved one, based on the information that was fed into the software.
“For short conversations, I think it feels decently human”, Jarded said, but confesses that it “falls apart a little” when users start to see repetition in phrases.
Just like many AI programmes, it raises ethical questions, which Jarren said can be mitigated with “healthy regulation”.
The software is “intentionally striking because we're confident that we'll be able to provide real comfort to some people”, he added.
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