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Swedish Funeral Agency Plans To Use AI To Let Grieving People Chat With Dead Loved Ones

The chatbot will communicate as if it were the deceased person.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get another chance to communicate with someone we have lost? That’s what a funeral agency in Sweden hopes to give to people but not in the way you think.

Fenix, a Sweden-based agency, is looking to create artificial intelligence that can offer comfort to grieving people by giving them the chance to talk to dead loved ones. While it would be an interesting thought to be able to speak to “fully conscious copies of dead relatives,” Fenix’s mission is to develop a chatbot that contains files of the deceased and make them seem like the actual person.

Swedish funeral agency Fenix is looking for volunteers for the chat bot project.

The chatbot will be powered by AI to comfort grieving people who lost their loved ones.

There have been reports relaying false information about Fenix’s goal. In some news outlets, it was stated that Swedish scientists are trying to develop androids that will serve as “clones” of deceased loved ones. However, Fenix is not trying to achieve that feat but will, instead, upload information about the dead person. This chatbot will then communicate as if it were the person by analyzing the way that person talks through uploaded information, like emails, texts or how he/she interacts on social media.

The project started out when Fenix CEO Charlotte Runius realized people can’t actually tell that their current chatbot — used to answer people’s questions about the funeral services — is not a real person. Runius then thought that a similar technology can be used to offer mourning relatives the comfort they need and the chance to be able to speak to deceased loved ones.

Runius emphasized that the AI is not fully conscious, as falsely reported by some news outlets.

The Fenix CEO wants to clarify that the chatbot cannot learn new information but rather only rely on the information provided. For instance, one cannot chat about a new movie that has just been released. While most people can only rely on videos and photographs to remember loved ones by, Fenix’s technology hopes to take this to a new level.

Chatting with a loved one through a program may make moving on more difficult.

There may be emotional implications of having a chatbot posing as someone from the past. Runius said she will still have to discuss the matter with the Swedish Church. Some would argue that communicating with a loved one through a chatbot will only make the process of letting go harder. Others, however, agree that the chatbot will provide comfort. Runius explained:

“For example, for an old man who has lost his wife and feels very lonely it may be worthwhile to chat with the bot online, even if he knows it’s not really her.”

The chatbot for mourning relatives is only capable of communicating through text. This is the reason Fenix is looking for volunteers to share speech samples so the program can also use voice mode that makes the bot sound like the deceased person. In the future, Fenix hopes to incorporate images as well.

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Meet Gladys West, The “Hidden Figure” Behind The Creation Of The GPS

The humble history of the woman who brought you Global Positioning System (GPS).

Gone are the days when people are contented with asking other people for directions while on the road. If you are using a smartphone, chances are you are using GPS as well. Now everyone knows what a GPS is, but do you know who Gladys West is? She made it possible for you to navigate easy peasy.

Gladys West is a mathematician, one of those who developed Global Positioning System. She isn't exactly a household name, but interested in her increased when she wrote a biography for a sorority function, in which she mentioned her important contribution.

Gladys West pictured with her husband.

When Gladys West, an 87-year-old dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, put together a short biography for herself to be recognized as one of her chapter’s beloved senior members. She had no idea that what she would share would be so noteworthy to the surprise of her sorority sisters. She outlined her outstanding 42-year career at the Dahlgren, VA Naval Base as a mathematician....

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Doctor Invents Machine That Helps People Die Painlessly and Peacefully in 5 Minutes

Dr Philip Nitschke believes euthanasia should be available for everyone who wants it.

With a nickname like ‘Dr Death’, you can bet Philip Nitschke isn’t your typical doctor. In fact, he is the founder of Exit International, a non-profit organization that advocates euthanasia legalization, and has written The Peaceful Pill, a suicide handbook.

As if that was not enough, he has also invented the Sarco, a machine that allows people to die peacefully – without any pain – in just five minutes. The said creations can be printed using a 3D-printer and uses liquid nitrogen to kill the person using it.

Sarco, the death machine.

The capsule, according to Unilad, administers the gas, “killing the person over a period of five minutes” which makes death a peaceful and painless process. ...

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‘Human Uber’ Allows You To Hire Someone To Attend Meetings And Events For You

This new technology allows you to be at two places at the same time.

Have you ever gotten so busy you totally wish you can be at two places at the same time? Well now you already can. Sort of!

According to recent reports, it’s possible to hire a “Human Uber” who can represent you and do some things on your behalf. Need to attend an important event? Want to pick up some groceries at the local store? This new technology will allow you to do exactly that without leaving your home at all.

ChameleonMask is now being described by netizens as “Human Uber”.

Who came up with this idea? Well, its none other than Japanese researcher Jun Rekimoto....

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