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You may have heard of exorcist claiming to have spoken to the dead people, but now new technologies are going to do so. From South Korea to the United States, many new tech startup companies are making the death toll the embodiment of the digital world. Only a few clicks away from the family are being created with the help of online data available about the deceased. However, data experts are worried that the use of information on dead people involves all legal and ethical information.

The question of data security

Fahim Hussain, who teaches at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University in the United States, points out that technically anyone can be made online if there is enough data. Their concern is that this could lead to "a lot of ethical problems." At the moment, many companies offering such services are serving to provide a digital avatar after they die only after they have been allowed by a person. But there is such a lack of regulation in this area that many others can obtain the data of the dead and misuse it to show them alive in the online world. "In most countries of the world, the death toll is not safe," said Edina Harbinja, senior lecturer at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. Therefore, it is possible to do so without any permission from anyone to make an avatar of anyone by law, and thus the data of other people associated with the dead person is no longer secure.

'VR' and 'AI'

The development swelled in the field of virtual reality to artificial intelligence has brought the people many such options. In February, a South Korean TV channel showed a video of a mother and her 7-year-old's meeting with her dead daughter. This digital avatar of the girl child was created with the help of VR, which was tried over a child actor of the same age. That is the mother who saw her baby had more feelings like her daughter.

Similarly, a Portuguese developer has a social network called ETER9 that creates an AI image of people who copy the behavior of active people on social media.  After a while or even after he dies, the image posts the same comment on behalf of the person as they used to be alive. "A few years from today, your grandchildren will be able to talk to you even if they didn't have the opportunity to meet you," Yorge told the Thomson Reuters Foundation via email.

Many companies, such as The American Iternime and Replica, are currently offering services that create digital patterns of people. These patterns can interact with anyone who is depressed or when they feel the need to talk to someone. There are other startups like Safebeyond and Gonnotgon in which people can record messages for their loved ones. It will deliver their video messages or letters directly to loved ones' birthdays or on an important day after they die.

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