New Scientist: Could chatbots lend a non-judgemental ear to people making decisions about the end of their life? A virtual agent that helps people have conversations about their funeral plans, wills and spiritual matters is set to be trialled in Boston over the next two years with people who are terminally ill.
People near the end of their lives sometimes don’t get the chance to have these important conversations before it’s too late, says Timothy Bickmore at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. So Bickmore and his team – which included doctors and hospital chaplains – built a tablet-based chatbot to offer spiritual and emotional guidance to people that need it. “We see a need for technology to intervene at an earlier point,” he says.
And it has already seen some success. more …
Opinion: Artificial Intelligence (AI) robots are all the rage these days, attracting some rather scary warnings from secular global elites:
- Elon Musk is a fierce and long time critic of A.I. who once likened it to “summoning the demon” in a horror movie
- Vladimir Putin expressed his concern that AI will eventually “eat us,” and he wanted to know how soon that could happen
- Stephen Hawking said “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”
Six states: California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Montana (the only state to require a court ruling), allow assisted suicide with more states expected to follow.
I can’t help but imagine a robot death squad, complete with religious messages of the soon-to-be departed person’s choice, followed by implementing life ending methods.
On the even more sinister side, death robots would be convenient executioners for those brave (left behind) souls who accept Jesus Christ and refuse the mark (Revelation 13:16-17) of the final world ruler.
“Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4
(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)