The year is 2025 and there’s a raging snow storm outside. The world is a pale shade of white and gray. You wake up and instinctively look around the bedroom to locate the amber dot glowing on your G-Glass iteration #4 (4th generation upgrade) visor.
“Using Internet chat, voice and webcam we could start a social interaction with another avatar that might be at the same location.”
As far as virtual social interaction goes, a company called IVN has been developing patented live video avatar software called Silhouette, which allows each user in a virtual world to see and be seen as a live streaming video avatar at real time frame rates, along with synchronized audio. Here is a rough in-house “proof of concept” video of a virtual office experience: http://ivn.net/demo.html
I like that demo. It’s a good start. I remember we discussed this in comments on a Linkedin forum.
Although the current iteration (IVN live avatar) is not yet AR, it will naturally evolve once true see-through or Digital see-thru visors become common place, and tracking algorithms get robust.
Yet, this is as good a time as any to explore the ethics of such tech - the creation of Digital People in our own likeness, and interacting with them. I’d love to know what issues may crop up (if any).
One thought that crossed my mind… Can immigration authorities “block” a dirrogate from doing work in a country? Can a Dirrogate be persona non-grata?
On a more sci-fi tangent… If a person is “operating” a Dirrogate, could it be said that (s)he exists in dual time-space?
As far as another human is concerned, when they interact with a Dirrogate - especially in an Augmented Reality scenario, in the real world… to them the Dirrogate *is* a person (as the uncanny valley walls get broken down).
From ‘Memories with Maya’ - “He walked back to the cabinet and returned with another file. “Here’s another proposal to the board. It’s for governing and releasing of geo coordinates of real world locations within the federal borders of the country for virtual real estate.”
Face time is just a start…the IVN solution is the next step in the right direction, until we move to full immersion AR and beyond into 3D printed surrogates of ourselves.