What are Deadbots?


12:09 PM

1 min read
What are Deadbots? Blog Image


A new study urges caution in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbots designed to mimic deceased loved ones, known as ‘deadbots’.

About Deadbots

  • These are also known as griefbots, AI-enabled digital representations of departed loved ones.
  • Working: These chatbots simulate their language patterns and personality traits using their digital footprint, like emails, social media posts and even voice recordings, to create a conversational AI that reflects their personality. 
  • Issues:
    • Researchers have warned that these chatbots, while potentially comforting, could lead to psychological distress if not designed with safety in mind.
    • Solutions that might be enthusiastically adopted in one cultural context could be completely dismissed in another.

What is Conversational AI?

  • It is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that can simulate human conversation.
  • It is made possible by natural language processing (NLP), a field of AI that allows computers to understand and process human language and Google's foundation models that power new generative AI capabilities.
  • It works by using a combination of natural language processing (NLP), foundation models, and machine learning (ML).
  • These AI systems are trained on large amounts of data, such as text and speech.
  • This data is used to teach the system how to understand and process human language. The system then uses this knowledge to interact with humans in a natural way. It’s constantly learning from its interactions and improving its response quality over time.

Q1: What is ChatGPT?

It is a type of artificial intelligence that can understand and generate natural language text. It is trained on large amounts of text data and uses an algorithm called a transformer to learn how to generate text that is similar to human conversation.

Source: Digitally immortalising departed loved ones comes with ethical concerns: Study calls for cautious design of AI ‘deadbots