Microsoft has patented a way to bring closure to people who miss their deceased loved ones—a chat bot that imitates the dead.

By using personal information recovered from photos, voice recordings, social media posts, emails, and other resources, Microsoft’s chat bot can represent a dead person. Basically, the more comprehensive a deceased person’s history, the better the imitation.

The application isn’t limited to deceased family members. For as long as there is enough personal information to data mine, the chat bot can be used to mimic a friend, a celebrity, and even a fictional character.

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Also mentioned in the patent is the idea of using 3D modeling, which could upgrade the digital chat bot into a physical robot.

A living person can even use the chat bot and train it, so it can effectively become that person’s digital or AI replacement in the event of his/her passing.

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