Yu Jialin created a griefbot to reconnect with his late grandfather to make amends and bid farewell

From Grief to Closure: How an AI Chatbot Helped a Grandson Say Goodbye

Yu Jialin, software engineer, used AI technology to create a digital replica of his late grandfather. The project required several key components, including natural language text generation, audio-driven animation, text-to-speech software, and transfer learning technology.

Experts are divided on its ethical implications, some arguing that it’s a technological step up from the “empty chair” technique used by psychologists to help grieving clients – asking them to speak to an empty chair as though their loved one were sitting in it, and to imagine the person’s response.

On which side are you regarding the griefbot technology?

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