Technology AI makes dead woman talk at her own funeral. 5 technologies bringing the dead back to life

A few hundred years ago, humans did not have pictures to remember the dead. Moving images and videos came much later. 

And now, technology is promising more than just pictures or videos to remember our dead loved ones. It is promising to help us interact with the dead long after they have passed away.  

How this became possible: Through an AI-powered technology built by her son's company StoryFile. 

Check out  @BBCWorld on Stephen Smith using  @StoryFile to let mourners converse with his mother via #AI at her own funeral 

Dr Stephen Smith, the CEO and co-founder of LA-based AI company StoryFile played his mother's videos on a screen at a funeral.  

It looked like they were playing just a simple video of Smith, but actually, the digital avatar was also responding to questions asked by relatives at the funeral.  

How does it work? First, it needs to be clarified that AI technology did not create answers to the questions. Dr Smith explained that the company recorded various videos of his mother answering a number of questions and split them up in small clips. Then, the AI technology matched the questions asked by guests to play the correct clip, simulating an interaction.  

Here are 5 such technologies that are either already available or in progress:

1. Deep Nostalgia: This is an app that was released in 2021, which brings still photos of people to life.  

2. Microsoft chatbot: Microsoft was given a patent in the US to develop chatbot software to create an AI version of living humans. 

3. Amazon's voice assistant: In the near future, Amazon will allow you to use your dead loved one's voice as a digital assistant capable of talking to you.  

4. Project December: Joshua Barbeau, a freelance writer in Canada, stumbled upon a website called Project December which allowed him to speak to his dead ex-fiancé Jessica in the form of a chatbot. 

5. DeepBrain AI: This South Korea-based video systems provider promises to recreate deceased family members through their latest service called Re;memory.