Raising “virtual babies” in metavers should be an alternative for couples who want to have children but don’t want to or can’t raise them in the real world. That’s what artificial intelligence expert Catriona Campbell defended in her new book, “AI by Design: A Plan for Living With Artificial Intelligence.” In the work, the author compares these future children to the tamagotchi, a Japanese virtual pet that needed constant care to survive and had a fever in the 1990s.
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For Campbell, these “digital children” will be a reality in about 50 years and will be an alternative to the problem of overpopulation on the planet, one of the reasons why couples choose not to have children, according to a study published by the market study. YouGov company in 2020. “In 50 years, technology will have advanced so much that the babies that exist in the metavers will be indistinguishable from those in the real world,” the expert said in an interview with the London newspaper. The Telegraph last Monday (30).
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Digital children will also be, Campbell argues, a more viable option for people who want to have children but cannot afford to raise them. This is because, according to YouGov, 10% of the population does not have children due to the high cost of raising them. “Because there is likely to be consumer demand, AI babies will be widely available for a small monthly fee,” Campbell says in his book.
However, while the costs of maintaining a virtual child are much lower than those needed to create a real one, the parenting experience will require the same basic care, such as affection, bathing, and eating.
What will “virtual children” look like?
“Tamagotchi children” will have realistic faces and bodies thanks to the advanced machine learning and computer graphics (CGI). They will also be able to recognize and respond to parents based on facial expressions and voice. Babies will also have emotional responses, such as crying and laughing, and caregivers will be able to choose in which environment metavers will interact with their children.
In fact, since the purpose of the metaverse is to provide immersive online experiences that involve touch and movement, Campell suggests that artificial intelligence babies will be able to reproduce physical sensations and provide tactile feedback through a kind of technological glove. Thus, parents will be able, for example, to embrace and caress their digital children, which would satisfy the emotional demands of the parenting relationship.
Unlike real life, however, adults will be able to control the growth rate of children. That way, they can choose how fast they want their babies to grow, or even babies forever.
With information from The Telegraph
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