The thing that appears to be the most heart breaking at the end of life is the loneliness and isolation experienced by many. Often friends and loved ones have been previously lost, and children and family have relocated out of the region. Visitors are scarce, and one’s mobility could be severely limited if there is mobility at all. Having the people around you that made your life worth living, on demand when you need them most could have a very positive impact on the end-of-life experience for ourselves and our loved ones?
The USC institute for Creative Technology, created a system to capture true 3-D imaging along with the language-processing technology to build a voice-recognition system to make conversation-based testimony for Holocaust survivors. The “Ada and Grace” project in 2009 at the Museum of Science in Boston employed “Light Stage technology” and voice recognition software to create partially animated and interactive virtual humans. Another USC project, “New Dimensions in Technology,” is currently working on interactive 3D displays. For this project, ICT and partnering organizations filmed an interview with a Holocaust survivor. ICT used similar techniques employed in “Ada and Grace,” as well as new developing technologies, to display the survivor as a virtual human capable of verbally interacting with an audience. These projects provide a pathway for constructing and improving 3D holographic displays, as well as further developing virtual humans and artificial intelligence.
The system would allow the user to have conversations with a pre-selected group of people from their life whenever they like. Coupled with other types of Artificial Intelligence, this could be the virtual friend with you until the end.