In a recent incident of sudden death of actor Irfan khan, the fans were surprised to receive a Facebook automated reply as soon as they send a message to Irfan’s profile. This was certainly heart touching but also triggers some possibilities in our mind. Each one of us have so much to say that we always fall short of time. Before we know we reach the end of life with undone task, especially the things we could do for our loved ones. Similarly, our loved ones always want to talk to us.
No More RIP
As humans have been practicing the art of writing through ages, they often tend to leave behind their teachings in the form of books, articles, quotes and verses. In addition to this, what if we introduce a chatting platform where people can talk to their lost loved ones. Of course, this requires for a person to write future messages and possible replies for their loved ones. It will make it easy for us to convey our secret feelings after death. Strong security and privacy needs to be taken under consideration in this scenario.
Though we have platforms like Facebook and gmail that allow automated messages and keep track of days for us, but they are not fully dedicated to this sole purpose. Its just like the provident fund which will be revived ones you are gone. It will know how to talk to each person you list and when to ping them.
The question of "I wonder what "he" or "she" would have said ? " is solved rather quickly.
It might sounds like a dark and creepy idea but it can help many to heal. With the hope of realizing what our loved ones might have said in different scenarios, we can feel their presence in their absence. With the enough machine learning , the chat bot might allow us to have a cup of tea with the lost souls.
Let me know your views on this idea of having a “Lost souls chat bot”. Remember “Tipping” is not just a city in “China” and my tip is your comments.
Author: Sadiya Ahmad