by Zhang Hanwen
Through extensive data analysis of our online information and behaviours, computer networks will be able to generate our digital equivalents which look, communicate and make decisions like us. Such virtual projections will enable us to interact with digital versions of others, dead or living, with or without their knowledge.
The question is, to what extent should we utilize our digital selves to eliminate risks and uncertainties through trialling communications? Meanwhile, as the original entities, will we be willing to let others experiment with our digital equivalents while we are unaware?
On virtual-dating platforms, users can initiate dates with digital clones of others, which are rated by their difficulty levels and popularity as a date. Affection level is calculated based on users’ responses in simulated scenarios. Users can explore responses that trigger favourable reactions from their partners.
The digital clone is generated with information synced from an individual’s social media interactions. This ensures the accuracy of its conversational and emotional responses.