Could you imagine having the ability to spend time with someone you lost? Well, it won’t technically be your deceased loved one, but it will be pretty darn close.
While some people will, of course, be against the idea of spending time with those who have passed via simulation could be a very real option. You see, the simulation would live in a virtual environment that you could access through a device of some kind. Your loved one’s voice, personality, mannerisms, and everything else would be captured within this simulation.
Sure, the dead cannot technically come eat breakfast with us the simulation would be able to. While this concept used to be nothing more than science fiction with virtual reality becoming more and more popular and the technology becoming more and more advanced it could soon become reality. According to Muhammad A. Ahmad, the next step in the evolution of bereavement is harnessing these technologies.
Ahmad was inspired to begin a project in regards to this by the death of his father. Ahmed is a researcher from the department of computer science at the University of Minnesota. He wrote in an article on Aeon that using a device like the Oculus Rift people could use the simulations to maintain a connection with those who have passed. It would make people feel less cut off from the person they are missing.
“If we don’t start a discussion about the possibility and viability of simulations of the deceased now, then they will be thrust upon us when we’re not ready for them in the near future.”
“The road will be fraught with moral dilemmas and questions about human conditions. Soon, the line that divides the living from the dead might not be so clear.”
What do you think about all of this? Would experiencing a life with a simulated person you have been missing be a positive thing for you or do you think it would cross some kind of moral like? I for one would be glad to get at least one chance to speak with a lost loved one, even if I know it isn’t truly them.
Below you will find a video in regards to speaking with the deceased through social media and AI, personally I find this quite interesting. While it is a bit different from the subject of this article it is something we are already doing. Check it out and give us some insight on how you feel in regards to all aspects of ‘digital immortality.’