“For Life Forever” is the name of the service launched by Artur Sychov. Anant Jeevan, the founder of start-up Somnium Space, took the matter seriously when his father was suddenly diagnosed with a particularly aggressive cancer. “Suddenly, I realized that the time I had left with him was limited.”, he explained to Vice.com. Somnium space is a metaverse because there tend to be many. Compatible with virtual reality headsets already on the market, it has a fairly unique mode, hence “Live Forever”.
The idea is to record all your real-life movements and conversations in a database so that you can replicate them in your avatar so that it moves, talks… in short, looks as much like you as possible. And he continues to live in your place after your death. So a form of eternal life, but virtual. The goal is that your loved ones can chat with you as long as they want.
Artificial intelligence to animate avatar after your death
“If I die, I will literally have all this data stored. My friends or my kids can connect and converse with my avatar, my movements and my voice.”, summarized by Artur Sychov. Artificial intelligence has learned to make business as rational as possible. And we don’t understand whether, behind the avatar, a real person animates the character or whether it works from pre-recorded data.
“We can take all this recorded data and apply artificial intelligence to recreate you as an avatar in your plot of land in the metaverse or in your NFT world. People will then come to see you and chat with you.”, said Artur Sychov. Eternal life in Web3 sauce, in short.
People will be able to visit you and chat with you in the Metaverse
A haptic combination of development with Elon Mask
Singularly, the idea is to capture language tics, habitual gestures, the way you move your body, walk, animate your fingers… with a virtual reality system. This information has been revealed in a study published in a scientific journal the nature In 2020, tracking a person’s movements requires less than 5 minutes of observation to then be able to identify you with 95% reliability in a group of 500 people. dizziness
To go further in this direction, Somnium Space is collaborating with TeslaSuite, a company founded by Elon Musk. The goal is to create a full-body haptic suite to make virtual reality more believable. Thanks to electrical micro-signals, this haptic combination will let you feel the effect of human touch on your body. It is said as if a person were your hand for example. Also, it will be able to collect more data about how your body reacts biologically (heartbeat, stress level, etc.).
Eternal Life: The first test is planned this year
All of this should allow you to create a completely believable clone of yourself for your survival and survival in the Metaverse. Somnium Space plans to start recording the lives of people interested in the concept this year. But initially, only the actions of their avatars will be recorded in their plots in the metaverse.
Adding “real life” recording and artificial intelligence layers will have to wait until 2023. Then a first basic version of their immortal avatar can be set up.
An avatar that can evolve after you die
“The beauty of this idea is that this other version of you can evolve through artificial intelligence. Although the data was recorded several years ago. By combining all the collected data and gradually improving the technology, we will be able to evolve your avatar and make it more believable”said the founder of Somnium Space.
The question of the use of this data remains. Unlike Facebook, which often knows more about you than your loved ones, the system won’t own your data. Everything will be decentralized in Web3. “We don’t want to know your name. We don’t care who you are.”Artur Sychov swears.
A subscription for this eternal life and many pending questions
“Live Forever” mode will be disabled in its metaverse by default. Whether or not to use this one-of-a-kind eternal life option is up to each individual. In order for the company to collect your data, it will therefore be necessary to subscribe to a subscription. It will be about 50 dollars (about 47 euros) per year for the first registrants. Since it doesn’t resell your data, you have to contribute financially to store the data.
But after the death of that person who will pay? And what if the descendants do not want their relative’s avatar, even virtually, to live anywhere? “These are all things we need to think about with our legal team.”, recognizes the CEO of omnium Space. To be or not to be… the Metaverse will – perhaps – allow you to choose both.