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Wednesday, April 06, 2016


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Ciaran Laval

Cecilia impressed me the last time she covered Second Life, she seems to be a good journalist and treats issues with respect.


I knew I wasn't the only widow who made an avatar of her husband, as I met another widow who had done so before me. It's nice to know there are others. I haven't brought him on in a few years, but it's a comfort to know I can if I want to. I can't have him in RL any more, but he's there for Puck now if she needs his company.


It's going to be a big deal in the near future, re creating virtual representatives of your deceased family and relatives. For now it's quite innocent, but the better it get's the more crazy it could become.
Me and a friend actually considered doing it as a service, most likely someone does already. But the more you think about it the more bad vibes you get. This software I have,
Just grab a photo and a sound byte.
A kid could use it, just export the head as a mesh, upload it to SL, and there you go, perfect representation. In fact you could preempt future disasters by collecting photos and conversations before hand. Shudders at the thought.
Reminds me of that scene in Minority report where he repeatedly watches holograms of his wife and kid.
But then again it's just an advance on keeping a photo I guess, just depends on how far you go with it.


There was a Battlestar Galactica spinoff show called Caprica a few years ago (only lasted one season), part of which took place in a very well developed virtual world. One of the story lines was that a company was working on how to essentially recreate a deceased person in the virtual world based on the persons "lifestream" of all the online information about the person.

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