Virtual child? This is a metaverse scholar’s bet on the future!

Anyone living in the 1990s must remember “virtual animals,” as Tamagotchi is commonly known in Brazil., an electronic device launched by Japan’s Bandai Company, which is popular all over the world.It’s a small device that sits right in the middle of the palm and its sole purpose is to keep a small animal (which can be seen on the small screen) alive, to give it food, baths, feelings… . Now, the mood metaverseincreasingly on the radar of entrepreneurs and tech developers, the future is intriguing: What if this Tamagotchi wasn’t a pet, but a child?

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“As the metaverse develops, I can see virtual children becoming part of society in many developed countries. ” said Catriona Campbell in a press release. One of the UK’s leading authorities on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies, she has just published the book AI Design: A plan to live with AI.

real world and virtual world

Of course, the novelty is not there yet. Campbell predicts changes in 50 years, she said, Metaverse babies and real babies will be indistinguishable. Sound crazy? Well, to know that everything involving the Metaverse – in its main voice and mind, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – is on the agenda and promises to be the future of the internet, Bridging the gap between the physical and digital worlds .

For artificial intelligence experts, Virtual children (known by Campbell as the “electronic pet generation”) will have lifelike faces and bodies, be able to look like their parents, and be able to identify them through facial and voice analysis.In addition, people “on this side” can even interact physically by using high-tech gloves.

It is worth explaining that this metaverse can be understood as A virtual world that, shall we say, looks real Picture this: you work in your home office, but you put on super tech glasses that connect to your computer and smartphone, and see yourself virtually in a business environment created by virtual and augmented reality technology. You have a body, you see other employees, you can interact with them, sit at a conference table, or even have a cup of coffee. These virtual worlds will all be connected in the Metaverse, creating a real life and a virtual one – but what is seen is the split between the two universes fading away. Wow.


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technological revolution

No monthly fees, orthodontic treatment and holiday travel costs. In fact, “virtual kids” promise big savings for prospective parents.Not to mention that it is still possible to choose how fast the child will grow (perhaps accelerated terrible two s…). But this low cost of the little guys in the metaverse isn’t the only advantage Campbell sees. for her, Virtual children could solve the world’s overpopulation problem.

“Based on research on couples who choose not to have children, I think it’s reasonable that at least 20 percent would choose a virtual baby over a real baby,” he said. “This will bring us to the first fully digital population. Statistics, while strange at first, represent The most important technological revolution since the Bronze Age given its impact on global demographic and social change,” the authors predict.

son on demand

If all this seems like such a distant reality, almost impossible, it might be interesting to think about life 50 years ago, without the internet, cell phones, social networks, food apps, instant messaging apps, GPS… Numbers then, the world will be 100% black mirror (Streaming didn’t even exist as a possible idea at the time). In other words, thinking about what the future will look like in 5 years from the technology we have today can be a bit imprecise.

Likewise, interpersonal relationships between humans and machines and between humans and “virtual humans” can be completely transformed. For example, according to Campbell, parents may be more satisfied with having virtual children because they have control over this digital generation. With programmable lifecycles, children can exist in real-time, or only be activated when parents need them – such as “children on demand”.

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Who will live to see?

If you’ve read all of this and come to the conclusion that the world is lost, calm down. Although the issue is controversial, thinking about the future with today’s mindset often doesn’t work either. Also, for the time being, we continue to be with our flesh and blood children, All the pain and joy that each stage brings us. Still, considering these predictions are 50 years from now, maybe we’re getting ready to be grandparents to virtual grandchildren, only weaving and raindrops in a virtual world. That will be?

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