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Digital Cloning of the Dead: Exploring the Optimal Default Rule

Abstract
We conducted a survey experiment in the U.S. to analyze how the consent or dissent of a deceased individual influences the social acceptability of digital resurrection. The results showed a substantial relative treatment effect of consent versus dissent with a 2-point difference in acceptability on a 5-point scale. When the deceased had consented 58 % of respondents viewed digital resurrection as socially acceptable whereas this number was only 3 % when the deceased had dissented. These findings suggest that relevant legal regulations should respect the decision of the deceased. Our study then explored the optimal default rule using observational research: 59 % of respondents were against the idea of their own digital resurrection. An opt-in rule seems socially desirable where the default is the prohibition of digital resurrection and exceptions allow it only with consent from the deceased.
Authors
Iwasaki Masaki Iwasaki Masaki: Seoul National University School of Law Seoul The Republic of Korea
Keywords
digital clone ; digital resurrection ; deep learning ; large language model ; default rule (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Deep Learning
Series
Asian Journal of Law and Economics 2024 vol. 15 issue 1 1-29
Time Added
2024/03/18 03:33
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Year Published
2024
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