The technology is reminiscent of a fictional application in the dystopian TV series “Black Mirror”, which allows a character to continue chatting with her boyfriend after her death, by obtaining information from social media.
Want to talk about music with David Bowie? Or get some words of wisdom from your late grandmother? In theory, this tool will make it possible. But don’t be excited or surprised by this: the company does not intend to turn this technology into actual products.
If the technology is actually built into the product, it will explain how the technology works. According to patent information, the tool will remove “social data” from selected individuals, such as images, social media posts, messages, voice data and written letters. The data will be used to train chat robots to “converse and interact with the personality of a specific person.” In case the user asks a robot question that cannot be answered based on human social data, it can also rely on external data sources.
“Conversations with a specific personality may include determining and/or using the specific personality’s dialog attributes, such as style, dictionary, tone, intonation, intent, sentence/conversation length and complexity, topic and consistency,” and the patent states that using Behavioral attributes (such as interests and opinions) and demographic information (such as age, gender, and occupation).
In some cases, the tool can even be used to apply voice and facial recognition algorithms to recordings, images and videos to create human voices and 2D or 3D models to enhance chatbots.