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Chat with the dead

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A funeral agency in Sweden is currently seeking volunteers for a project that it hopes will offer people comfort by allowing them to speak to their deceased loved ones.

The agency called Fenix wants to create chat bots (artificial intelligence) to comfort mourning relatives by giving them a chance to chat with their deceased loved-ones.

A Russian computer programmer Eugenia Kuyda already created such a bot so she could chat with her deceased best friend, fellow tech entrepreneur Roman Mazurenko, who died in a car accident.

It’s possible that chatting with the bots posing as their deceased loved one could provide necessary comfort. “For example, for an old man who has lost his wife and feels very lonely it may be worthwhile to chat with the bot online, even if he knows it’s not really her,” the Fenix CEO said.

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