Monday 15 August 2022 05:10 PM New AI tool allows mourners to have conversations with the dead at their funeral trends now

Monday 15 August 2022 05:10 PM New AI tool allows mourners to have conversations with the dead at their funeral trends now
Monday 15 August 2022 05:10 PM New AI tool allows mourners to have conversations with the dead at their funeral trends now

Monday 15 August 2022 05:10 PM New AI tool allows mourners to have conversations with the dead at their funeral trends now

The idea of conversing with mourners at your own funeral may sound like the plot from the latest episode of Black Mirror. 

But it could become a reality, thanks to a Los Angeles-based startup, which has developed a 'holographic conversational vido experience'.

StoryFile creates a digital clone of the subject by using 20 synchronised cameras to record them answering a series of questions.

Experts then process the footage, tagging clips and using it to train an artificial intelligence (AI) that can provide responses to these questions in natural language. 

The finished product is then uploaded to the StoryFile platform, which can be interacted with after the individual has passed away.

Those who attend their funeral are then able to speak with their loved one, as the technology creates the illusion of a real-time conversation.

The company worked with Star Trek's William Shatner last year to create a hologram of himself that he said will help 'preserve his memory and legacy for generations to come'.

StoryFile creates a digital clone of the subject by using 20 synchronised cameras to record them answering a series of questions

StoryFile creates a digital clone of the subject by using 20 synchronised cameras to record them answering a series of questions

Experts then process the footage, tagging clips and using it to train an artificial intelligence (AI) that can provide responses to these questions in natural language

Experts then process the footage, tagging clips and using it to train an artificial intelligence (AI) that can provide responses to these questions in natural language

HOW A STORYFILE COMES TO LIFE

First, the person recording a StoryFile is filmed answering question about their life using special 3D video technology, depth kits and state-of-the-art sound equipment.

Experts then process the footage, tagging clips and using it to train an artificial intelligence to provide responses to natural language questions.

This finished product is then uploaded to the StoryFile platform, where people may then have a 'real-life' conversation with the film of the individual.

According to the developers, StoryFile works with 'all connected devices' as well as 3D, augmented reality and virtual reality systems. 

'StoryFile captures the individual's legacy in a way that no one else does by empowering them to pass on their values, struggles, life lessons, morals, decisions and more,' the Los Angeles-based company said.

This, they added, comes 'all while inspiring and delighting friends, family, and even future generations.'

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One of the first users of the technology was Marina Smith MBE - the mother of StoryFile's CEO Dr Stephen Smith - who died in June at the age of 87.

Dr Smith told The Telegraph: 'Mum answered questions from grieving relatives after they had watched her

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