Have you ever wished you could send your double to a 7:00 a.m. meeting? While you sleep in, your other self would be in a conference room diligently taking notes, and your job and sleep quota would be spared any major damage. Or better yet, might you prefer to hand off that next international flight to a superhero video game character that won’t suffer from jetlag and will represent you in top form at a conference?
There may be a time in the near future when you can finally be in two places at once, according to The New York Times, which reports that 3D avatars may soon be able to represent us in a more involved way than current videoconferencing technology allows. According to the article, major developments in 3D technology, the arrival of Microsoft’s Kinect tracking system for the Xbox, and the triumph of IBM’s Watson computer on Jeopardy are indicative of new capabilities in creating virtual doubles.
The immersive experience of viewing 3D with the glasses-free video systems available today, combined with Kinect, which would enable users’ movements to guide the actions of their avatar, makes for a very satisfying virtual meeting experience, the article speculated. But there is an added potential benefit—you might not even have to be conscious while your avatar is acting on your behalf: “Now that computers like Watson have gotten so good at emulating humans, avatars could be programmed to go on autopilot during a class or meeting.”
While this may seem like a distant prospect, and maybe one that’s unnecessary with the current capabilities of videoconferencing and virtual trade shows, it would definitely be a step up from technology as we know it today. If you want to find […]