Saying goodbye to loved ones is never easy.
But, for a company in South Korea, making this process easier is also an opportunity to develop some pretty sophisticated AI technology. Using videos and photos of a deceased relative, the company called DeepBrain develops what they call re:memory which is the platform for their recreations of dead relatives.
Costing anywhere from £10,000 to £20,000, it costs £1,000 each time someone wants to interact with the AI. To build up a database of stories and interactions, the company encourages participants to journal their experiences. The company also notes that this product is probably best suited for individuals with terminal illnesses who want to leave behind a reference for their loved ones. Criticism of the technology focuses on the experience itself but also the price tag attached to it all with the initial cost and £1,000-per-visit fee being out of reach for most people.
Of course, this kind of thing is unlikely to go away and, in fact, will probably become more commonplace than any of us care to imagine. As we have covered in this blog, AI is advancing at a rapid pace with generated images and photos – as well as their place in the wider world of photography – becoming more sophisticated and commonplace every single day. We can only imagine what kinds of AI avatars will be possible in the future at this rate and it likely won’t be long before what we consider odd and novel today is tomorrow’s new paradigm.
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It sounds like it’s coming right from an SF movie!
I believe people who are in terminal illness and want to leave something of theirs behind can already reach some videography companies, and register authentic messages this way.