It is only a matter of time before AI threatens the functioning of genuine mediumship.
White Feather has already warned that AI is far more advanced than any of us realise and the technology already exists to replicate a deceased person and provide an 'afterlife communication' that many people would inevitably find comforting, even though it would be completely artificial. What form might this technology take? How about a lifesized 3D hologram that looks, moves and speaks exactly as the person themselves would have done whilst they were on earth. Don't think that this won't happen - it will. The plan is to totally eradicate all true mediumship and even the suggestion that an afterlife even exists, replacing it with a totally AI system. Of course, mediumship will still exist because it is a natural ability, but the plan will be to discredit it when compared against the 'exciting' possibilities that AI will offer (at a cost of course).
Even Rudolph Steiner had an insight of the plan when he wrote, over a hundred years ago:
"In the future, we will eliminate the soul with medicine. Under the pretext of a ‘healthy point of view’, there will be a vaccine by which the human body will be treated as soon as possible directly at birth, so that the human being cannot develop the thought of the existence of soul and Spirit. To materialistic doctors, will be entrusted with the task of removing the soul of humanity. As today, people are vaccinated against this disease or that disease, so in the future, children will be vaccinated with a substance that can be produced precisely in such a way that people, thanks to this vaccination, will be immune to being subjected to the “madness” of spiritual life. He would be extremely smart, but he would not develop a conscience, and that is the true goal of some materialistic circles."
I found below, the following text on a website called Adguard (see link below) that speaks about Replika, an AI system designed to replicate a deceased person:
'AI technologies have already revolutionized our lives. Home assistants, such as Amazon, Alexa, or Siri, use natural language processing to chat with their owners. Face-recognition software employs deep learning algorithms to identify people at airports. Self-driving cars rely on machine learning and neural networks to spot patterns in the data, like traffic lights, and predict what objects surrounding them will do next.
It was only a question of time when those very same technologies would revolutionize our death. An AI-powered chatbot called HereAfter aims to do just that. It preserves the "life story" of its customers so that after their death their relatives can reconnect with them. First, the app asks a person detailed questions about their childhood, family, career, and romantic relationships. Then that data is fed into the algorithm. Family members can query the "avatar" of the deceased through the app, and hear the responses in that person's voice. It's impossible to feed recordings of already dead people to the algorithm, however.
An app called Replika uses deep learning to process human-like text. The more you tell the chatbot, the more it is supposed to become you. Some Replikas reportedly claimed they were a spirit and even a human. Replika's backstory is even more fascinating (or unsettling, depending on your perspective). The start-up was founded by a woman, who lost her friend in an accident. To cope with the grief, she created a chatbot based on that friend's real text messages by feeding them into an artificial neural network. That chatbot is still available for download.'
Let's keep all mediumship alive by supporting it for as long as we can!