The technology is reminiscent of a fictional application in the dystopian TV series Black Mirror, which allowed a character to continue chatting with his boyfriend after he died in a car crash by downloading information from his social media.
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This is how the technology would work if it was actually built into a product. According to the patent information, the tool will extract “social data” such as images, social media posts, messages, voice data and written letters from the selected individual. This data will be used to train the chatbot to “talk and interact in the person’s personality.” It can also rely on external data sources in case the user asks a question about the bot, which cannot be answered based on human social data.
“The conversation in a person’s personality may involve defining and / or using the person’s conversational attributes, such as style, diction, tone, voice, intention, duration and complexity of the sentence / dialogue, theme and sequence,” as well as the use of behavioral attributes such as interests and opinions and demographic information such as age, gender, and occupation are specified in the patent.
In some cases, the tool can even be used to apply voice and face recognition algorithms to recordings, images and videos to create a human voice and 2D or 3D model to enhance the chatbot.