Estate planningRapidly advancing technology has made it possible to create interactive simulations of deceased loved ones. Apps like HereAfter AI allows mourning families to talk with digital replicas of their deceased loved ones. However, some say this has gone too far and blurred the lines between fantasy and reality.

Critics like Orthodox Catholic philosopher Joe Vukov have said the problem lies in ignoring that humans are mortal. Apps like this appeal to the human desire to keep people around who we have lost, but that ignores our biological reality. Others have raised concerns over blurring the lines between real and fake, which can only lead to more profound disappointment.

For more information see Taylor Penley “AI app’s ability to resurrect lost loved ones sparks fears technology is crossing the fantasy-reality Rubicon” Fox News, April 16, 2023.