Nov 13

When You and Your Avatar Become One

What if you could live inside the world of your favorite show?

Do we really need to care about a world where some entities are human, and others are digital?  What would this world mean?

If we look at it in evolutionary terms, we only need to care if digital humans are a threat to our survival. For example, if we can no longer trade labor for the currency we need to purchase basic goods like food, then we will not be able to survive. In that scenario, we will be in conflict with the digital humans.

But if the digitals are only our ‘servants’ doing all the things we do not want to do, then the existence of these ‘helpers’ will proliferate.

And then what about if we ourselves do not really want to interact with humans, can we send a digital in our place?

What will it look like in the near future to be human and an avatar? Will your avatar be an exact digital rendering of you? Or can you customize it to look how you really want to look? You know – thin, sexy and beautiful.

These are questions you will need an answer for much sooner than you think. In 2013, a Russian billionaire revealed his plans to become immortal by 2045 by uploading his brain into a hologram body.  The idea is the computerized version of your brain matches with a hologram rendering of your body, and you live forever. To make this work, you should leave very specific instructions about how you want ‘future you’ to function. (If you want to know how this works out when everyone can do it, check out my fiction book The Unbroken Line).

Before we get there, how about living as an avatar in an online world that mirrors our own world. This was the idea behind Second Life – which still exists. An online game where you can create an avatar and operate it in the virtual world. But of course, you have to be present to play along.

So what about using artificial intelligence to ‘live’ without human control as an avatar. This is the hybrid between your controlled Second Life style avatar and your hologram body. In this land you can put your avatar on ‘auto-pilot’ by uploading your social media feed, or another digital reflection of who ‘you’ are – maybe videos – and let the avatar go. The A.I. would manage basic concepts like saying ‘hello’ to someone who said ‘hello’ to you, or running away from a (digital) grizzly bear. You could intervene when necessary or just watch your avatar navigate its own way.

How much time would people spend in this rendered world? Probably hours. Especially if the game became an extension of social media. Instead of posting to your friends, you could have a virtual town hall where all your friend avatars show up and get your updates. You could leave your trip photos running in a room of your house where your friends could come by and view them anytime – with commentaries. The scope is endless. Attending an online class would put the information directly into your ‘brain’ to be re-used in the real world whenever you need it.

Why do we want any of this? Because it’s entertainment. Because we love the idea of immortality. Of course there may also be tangible social benefits, but we do not know what those might be at this point.

There is also the commercial potential. Every store, and product, could be present in the rendered world. You as an avatar would be able to see everything you may ever be interested in buying. Even try it out in a simulated world. Of course the processing capabilities required for this could also be limiting, but once it gets up and running there will likely be no way to stop it.

If you want to understand how it could go wrong, and the kinds of questions we’ll be looking to answer in the future, I have a new romance future tech suspense thriller series called Ravencross by E. Avalon. The first three books – Embrace, Triumph and Whisper – are out now. Each book is a romance wrapped in a thriller with the future tech thrown in-between. The idea is the cast, crew and fans of a popular daytime drama become dangerously, and obsessively involved with each other while playing an A.I. enhanced online game based on the show. You can check out the books here.

DiAnd as soon as you finish reading, begin preparing to organize your digital information into the compartmentalized order your future fake brain will need to keep you going long after ‘you’ are gone.

Aug 15

Apple, The FBI and the End of Detective Work

If The Network’s digital eyes were able to capture his full facial view, it would likely register an anomaly, and prompt a tracer protocol to determine where the human had originated his trip and the entire route of his travel. SDetective - free imageergei’s artificial adjustment was only designed to avoid instant recognition, by slowing The Network down. The Network did not disregard humans who attempted to evade its surveillance protocols. Any human digitally caught wearing a disguise would be automatically flagged by an automated suspicious behavior tracker, and stay on a watch file waiting for another report.
– from The Unbroken Line

Wither Sherlock Holmes. The word ‘detective’ has its roots in the Latin ‘de’ which is to reverse and ‘tegere’ which means cover, in other words, ‘to uncover.’  History and everyday life, for the moment, tell us a detective is the person uncovering the clues to crimes. And pop culture has provided us with a string of memorable stars from Holmes to Friday (that’s Joe Friday from 1950s TV show Dragnet) to Crocket and Tubbs (80s TV Miami Vice) to Olivia Benson (after 17 TV seasons, yes you know who that is) and back to a resurgent Holmes. Yet despite the contemporary intrigue surrounding the famous British detective character, the joyous wonder of watching a human being use skill and expertise to wade through facts is fading with the co-opting of technology to do the tasks human eyes and brains used to do at a crime scene. Continue reading

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May 30

Yes or No to Sex – Is a Consent App a Good Answer?

“On this I know my risks and they are sky-high. Are you okay with it or not?”
Janna frowned at him, then half smiled. “All right fine. The answer is yes,yes, you can record me if you want. I am one hundred percent okay with it.”
Hagen picked up his com and pointed the device towards her mouth. “Can you repeat your consent, please?”
“Seriously?”
“It was your idea. And a voice modulator app will be able to detect whether you’re under duress when you speak. I always forget I have it.”
Janna looked at the com with disdain. “Did you make Kadie do this?” Janna asked emphasizing the Commander’s name.
Hagen feigned shock. “Uhhh…how dare you. That’s so inappropriate and totally unanswerable.”
“So, no.”
“No comment. Where were we again? Oh yeah, the CYA part.” He held up the com again.
Janna looked at him, then at the com. “Fine,” she said reaching out, and pulling his hand, holding the com, closer to her mouth. Hagen touched an icon, then Janna clearly stated, “Under no threat or duress, I, Janna Marric am saying yes, I am one hundred percent okay with having sex with Hagen Writstone.”
Hagen grinned as he touched the icon again. “Thank you,” he said pulling her into his arms.

– from The Unbroken Line

Consent App screenshotThe latest affirmative consent app called Yes to Sex has come out with a college campus version to be tailored to a school’s requirements. It is not as sophisticated as the app on the com (smartphone) described above in the outtake from the technothriller The Unbroken Line, but it’s another step towards using technology to fight crime and gather digital evidence. In the novel, you can state your consent and the app uses a voice modulation feature to determine if you’re under duress. In today’s technology, the app only goes as far as making the recording.

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