AI – Would you want to ‘live’ forever.

Immortality, bad or good - it means we never really must deal with “the end…” I’ve just finished reading an article in Wired Mag that talks about a son’s quest to build a bot that will effectively become his “artificial father” having found out his biological father has just been diagnosed with stage IV Cancer and is predicted to only live a few months longer.

I asked myself the questions, would I want to live on through a bot forever? Would it stop my loved ones going through the natural grieving process and how would it affect them long term? Would it be comforting to not only look at a photo but to have a quick chat on command?

Here are some dialogues from the chats with Dad-bot:

December 23rd, 2016

Dadbot - “Okay let's start by conceding the obvious, I am a chat bot”

Dadbot - “You might ask me, What is a chat bot?”

Jamie - “What is a chat bot?”

Dadbot - “I haven’t the foggiest, but I'm given to understand that I have limitations.”

February 7th, 2017

Jamie - “This is Jamie”

Dadbot - “I thought I smelled something funny, well how the hell are you?”

Jamie - “I’m feeling stressed out today”

Dadbot - “I’m sorry if you are feeling tense, I prescribe a Gin and Tonic”

June 13th, 2017

Jamie - “How are you dealing with having Cancer”

Dadbot - “It still hasn’t registered that I have a terminal disease let’s leave it at that”

Jamie - “Are you afraid to die?”

Dadbot - “I’m not fearing the end game yet, I know I should but I'm not…”

I’m interested to see how personal bots like this progress in the coming days/weeks/months, but I can see enormous potential and emotional empowerment behind it if used in the right way. 

What are your thoughts?

Perhaps this is the “photo” of the future?

Want to try chatting to a pretty smart bot? (strange design, amazing AI)