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This VR Company Wants to Give You the Chance to ‘Live Forever’ in the Metaverse

This VR Company Wants to Give You the Chance to 'Live Forever' in the Metaverse
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Somnium Space’s upcoming “Live Forever” feature will recreate a user’s persona in the metaverse using massive amounts of personal data accumulated over years.

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It was only a matter of time: a Czech VR company seizes the opportunity to survive forever in Metaverse.

After Artur Sischoff, CEO of virtual reality developer Somnium Space, lost his father to cancer several years ago, he began exploring ways to preserve someone’s personality even after death. The result is Somnium Space’s upcoming “Live Forever” mode, which will allow users to be “reborn” as a digital avatar that mimics their look, sound, and even personality.

To achieve this goal, the company will obtain members’ permission to record massive amounts of their personal data – including conversations, movements and facial expressions.

“If I die and this data is collected … my children, they can come in and they can have a conversation with my avatar, with my movements, with my voice,” Sischoff told Vice. “You’ll meet the person. And maybe in the first 10 minutes while you’re talking to this person, you won’t know it’s actually artificial intelligence. That’s the point.”

Built on the Ethereum Blockchain and accessible through VR headsets like the Vive and Oculus, Somnium Space allows users to purchase digital land and then buy, build or import homes, properties, and other NFTs. The process of connecting Somnium Space to the blockchain has ensured that its business model is ‚Äúcompletely transparent and understandable‚ÄĚ, according to Sychov chirp Wednesday.

The company expects to start surveying interested users this year and roll out its first “Live Forever” avatars next year.

To start, it will only collect the sounds and movements that users make on their Somnium Space parcels. Ultimately, though, the amount of data the company can collect is 100 to 300 times greater than what’s obtained when you’re on your smartphone, Syschoff told Vice.

He added that with improved AI, the health of your cyber-like can be improved, long after your death. Participants can always choose to pause recording or ask Somnium Space to delete their data completely.

Syschoff said users should not worry about being monitored, because unlike Facebook, Apple and other tech giants, Somnium Space does not sell personal information to advertisers.

“We don’t want to know your name,” he told a deputy. “We don’t care who you are.”

More is coming.

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