You might think that artificial intelligence does not have any connection to Halloween, let alone ghosts. Well, this time you are wrong. Inc, Magazine just reported about a woman creating the “digital ghost” of Roman Mazurenko, built by entrepreneur Eugenia Kuyda. 

In the article published by Inc. Magazine we learn about how Roman, Eugenia’s very close friend, died in a car accident and as a result she has now developed an “artificial intelligence-powered ghost” to keep her dear friend alive.

By the use of the neural language platform of her AI-startup Luka, she was able to resurrect a semblance of him by using years of text messages and emails. Eugenia later released “Roman” as a chatbot memorial this year, saying:  “It’s still a shadow of a person — but that wasn’t possible just a year ago, and in the very close future we will be able to do a lot more,” Kuyda predicts.

This technology is now made available for everyone, as you are now able to download the Luka app in Apple Store to meet Roman yourself. The app will lead the user to form questions, where Roman responds, also including such as pictures from his life, his music and his opinions – giving the person insight to his previous life.

“What you notice quickly, though, is that you’re in charge of the interaction; the Roman-as-bot responds. It feels a bit like a sensitive, slightly spooky search tool for Roman’s text archive”, Inc. writes.

At first glance this might seem crazy, or even ridiculous to some, but the idea bares the potential to create something incredible, as it opens up the possibilities of having interactions with digital personalities.

Imagine if chatbots was able to show emotions and engage and persuade, not just responding as Apple’s Siri does now. By allowing bots such as Roman access to your viewing-or purchasing history, it can follow up with questions such as whether you liked your recent purchase, or the recent film you watched.

As a response, the chatbots wold then have to be able to store your response for future purposes, either by detecting negative tones in language or your voice, or by facial recognition.

Inc mentions how people like Elon Mush, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates have expressed the importance of AI having a purpose, and a lack of knowledge on how to tune that purpose.

In the case of Roman, the main purpose for the ‘bot’ would simply be to reply when it is very confident in its answers. ” Driving software, such as Tesla’s or Google’s, balances purposes. They rank safety with efficiency on the route. Spooky or not, digital personalities in the near future will have missions that prompt them to reach out instead of simply respond to requests (like Alexa or Siri do now)”, Inc writes.

Whether you are ready for this development or not, Inc believes that it will come sooner rather than later.

“The trifecta of real-time insights, response monitoring, and drive, on top of today’s great language-processing skills and machine-learning capabilities will soon achieve something so close to personality it will make no difference”, Inc writes.

It remains to see whether this development will be amazing, or creepy, but it is certainly a step towards the improvement of chatbots.

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