AI ‘ghosts’ of the deceased could drive people crazy, scientists warn 15:15

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have made it possible to create interactive digital avatars of people based on their photos, videos and text. Using this technology, it is possible to train a neural network to act and react in the same way as a real human; thus opening up the possibility of “resurrecting” our deceased loved ones through artificial intelligence models. However, psychotherapists believe that it is undesirable for survivors to communicate with such “ghosts” for a long time in order to preserve their own mental health. The research was published in a scientific publication portal Speech.

Digital images can provide comfort to bereaved people and help them reconnect with lost loved ones, according to Nigel Mulligan, professor of psychotherapy at Dublin City University. However, interaction with them should be temporary because such interaction leads to the development of potentially harmful emotional dependence.

The scientist stated that artificial intelligence has an unprecedented ability to intervene in the complex mourning process, which makes it difficult for the soul to adapt to what happened. The constant presence of the deceased person’s digital avatar can lead a person to psychosis and hallucinations, especially if the bereaved person is experiencing a difficult loss.

Additionally, because the neural networks remain merely an imitation of someone else’s personality, they retain the ability to respond inappropriately, which could harm the mourner.

“If a son or daughter calls out their late father as an AI ghost and hears it claimed that their father did not love his children, it would be very disappointing,” said Nigel Mulligan.

An even more dangerous scenario allows for the possibility that the AI ​​model might suggest that a person could harm themselves or someone else. Today, it is known that at least one similar case will occur in England in 2023.

Mulligan added that humans need to learn to deal with losses without AI intervention, as humans are not yet fully ready for the capabilities of neural network technologies in this area.

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