Microsoft has received a patent for its "digitized identity" technology

Microsoft has received a patent for its “digitized identity” technology

People cannot live forever. When a person passes away, their loved ones feel the bitterness of loss keenly. But, what can make up for it? The answer can be found in science fiction novels and movies, which show scenes where people communicate with a digital copy of the deceased, his double, living as a software code. Can it be considered a full-fledged replacement of the person? Not at all, but maybe such an approach can help blunt the pain of loss…
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Fiction often becomes reality. That hackneyed phrase comes to mind more and more often when truly fantastic technology emerges. This time, the American Microsoft has surprised. The company has just recently received a patent that describes a technology that can digitize a person’s identity. Based on a large amount of information, the system is capable of creating an intelligent chat-bot capable of answering questions and communicating, while retaining the stylistics and unique characteristics of the individual.

The descriptive part of the patent does not give complete clarity, but in general terms the course of thought of Microsoft engineers is clear. First, data is collected about the person. These are his images, videos, audio recordings of his voice, texts written by him personally. Special attention is paid to e-mail correspondence and records in social networks. On their basis, a chat-bot is created, which with some assumptions can be mistaken for a real person.

But the developers have not limited themselves to the creation of chatbots. They are developing the idea of “digitizing personality” further. They plan to create personalized voice synthesizers and visual two- and three-dimensional copies of people. In the process, the capabilities of neural networks are used. It may follow that “digital people” will be able to learn, become even more perfect and even more like their originals.

Although the technology described is itself interesting, there is a sense of danger. What if someone starts breeding “digital clones” of living people! Then today’s fakes will seem like a ridiculous story…

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