Eternal life: the metaverse or promise of endless life

“Life forever” is the name of the service launched by Artur Sychov. Eternal life, the founder of the startup Somnium Space seriously considered the topic when his father was suddenly taken away by a particularly aggressive cancer. “Suddenly I understood that the time I had left with him was limited”, he explained to Vice.com. Somnium Space is a metaverse as there are starting to be many. Already compatible with virtual reality headsets on the market, it has a rather unique mode, “Live Forever” therefore.

The idea is to record all your real movements and conversations in a database so that you can replicate them on your avatar so that it moves, talks… in short, resembles you as closely as possible. And that he will continue to live in your place after your death. A form of eternal life therefore, but virtual. The goal is for your loved ones to be able to chat with you as long as they want.

Artificial intelligence to animate the avatar after your death

“If I die, I literally have all this data tucked away. My friends or my kids can connect and have a conversation with my avatar, with my movements and my voice”, summarizes Artur Sychov. Artificial intelligence has learned to make trades as plausible as possible. And we cannot distinguish whether behind the avatar, a real person is animating the character, or whether it is working from pre-recorded data.

“We can take all this recorded data and use artificial intelligence to recreate you as an avatar on your plot of land in the metaverse or in your NFT world. People will then be able to come and see you and chat with you”, says Artur Sychov. Eternal life in Web3 sauce, in short.

People will be able to come see you and chat with you in the metaverse

Artur Sychov

A haptic combination in development with Elon Musk

Specifically, the idea is to capture linguistic tics, habitual gestures, the way you move your body, walk, animate your fingers… with virtual reality systems. According to a study published in the scientific journal Nature in 2020, tracking someone’s movements requires less than 5 minutes of observation to then identify you with 95% reliability among a group of 500 people. Dizzy.

To go even further in this perspective, Somnium Space collaborates with Teslasuit, a company founded by Elon Musk. The goal is to develop a full-body haptic suit to make virtual reality even more believable. Thanks to electrical micro-signals, this haptic combination will allow you to feel the effect of human touch on your body. That is, as if a person put their hand on your e.g. In addition, it will be able to collect even more data about how your body reacts biologically (heart rate, stress level, etc.).

Eternal life: the first tests planned for this year

All of this should allow you to create a completely believable copy of yourself in order to survive and stay alive in the metaverse. Somnium Space plans to start recording the lives of people interested in the concept this year. But initially, only their avatar’s actions on their plot in the metaverse will be recorded.

For the recording “in real life” and the addition of the artificial intelligence layer, it will be necessary to wait until 2023. A first basic version of their immortal avatar can then be set up.

An avatar that can evolve even after your death

“The beauty of this idea is that this second version of you can continue to evolve through artificial intelligence. Even though the data was recorded years earlier. By combining all the data collected and gradually improving the technology, we will be able to develop your avatar and make it more and more believable”says the founder of Somnium Space.

There is still the question of the use of this data. Unlike Facebook, which often knows more about you than your loved ones, the system will not own your data. Everything will be decentralized in Web3. “We don’t want to know your name. We don’t care who you are”swears Artur Sychov.

A subscription and many pending questions for this eternal life

The “Live Forever” mode will be disabled by default in its metaverse. It is up to each individual whether or not to use this unique opportunity for eternal life. In order for the company to collect your data, it will therefore be necessary to take out a subscription. It will be about 50 dollars per year (about 47 euros) for the first registrants. As it does not resell your data, it will therefore be necessary to contribute financially to the storage of the data.

But who will continue to pay after the person’s death? And what will happen if the descendants do not want an avatar of their relative to continue to live, even virtually, somewhere? “All this we will have to think over with our legal team”, acknowledges the CEO of omnium Space. To be or not to be… the metaverse will – perhaps – allow you to choose both.

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