AI, Death, and Mourning

Should we develop "griefbots"?

[Muhammad Ahmad] hopes that artificial intelligence will “eventually allow us to craft the data left behind by an individual into convincing text-based simulations of that person.” Such simulations would “respond when prompted, imitating the deceased’s cadence, tone, and idiosyncrasies.” 

Questions: Is the development of “grief bots” ethical? How might this action be perceived through the ethical prisms of utilitarianism, rights, justice, virtue, and the common good?


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