When AI makes it possible to interact with the dead, especially Holocaust survivors

Marina Helen Smith, British Holocaust activist and co-founder of the National Holocaust Center and Museum in Laxton, Nottinghamshire, England, a devout Christian, died last June at the age of 87.

At her funeral, she is “come back to life” thanks to artificial intelligence, thus allowing a kind of interaction autopsy with his relatives, the British and international press reported this summer.

During the event, she answered questions from members of her family and friends who came to pay their last respects.

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The project was made possible thanks to the work of Stephen Smith, Marina’s son, and his company StoryFile, of which he is the co-founder and managing director.

Its technology thus makes it possible to have a “conversation” with a person “as if they were there”, he explained to the BBC.

Before her death, her mother had indeed answered in front of a camera several questions about her.

During the exchange that took place with her during her funeral, the artificial intelligence thus selected and broadcast the most appropriate answer to the question asked.

According to Stephen Smith, the words spoken by the hologram of Marina Smith are indeed hers and not those of the artificial intelligence.

His start-up, StoryFile, was born when its founders wanted to create interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors.

The Marina H. Smith Foundation website now offers to chat with Marina. In particular, she talks about her family, her fight for the victims of the Shoah and her vision of the world.

In 2017, the USC Shoah Foundation, founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, announced a similar hologram project with Holocaust survivors.

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