For many of us, the whole idea of the Metaverse is either goofy or garish. It’s as though we’ve created some digital dimension for the sake of never having to interact with real people in real life again – something that previous generations simply haven’t been conditioned for.
And, as with all of our technologies, there seems to be an exponential component of growth to all of this, and we may see a rapid transition to “online life” among the youth.
In fact, some are now suggesting that the idea of having “online” children may soon replace the desire to actually procreate.
Author Catriona Campbell believes parents will want to care for digital children in virtual reality, using a headset to feel like they’re really there with a CGI kid.
These virtual kids would be just like the real thing but could be switched off at the touch of a button, and Campbell argues they’ll help the world deal with ‘overpopulation’.Trending:
In a book released this year, Campbell says a ‘Tamagotchi generation’ will be born and be available to parents for a ‘small monthly fee’.
Her predictions are bold, to say the least:
In the book, she says: “Virtual children may seem like a giant leap from where we are now, but within 50 years technology will have advanced to such an extent that babies which exist in the metaverse are indistinct from those in the real world.”
She adds: “We’re already well on our way to creating the Tamagotchi generation which, for all intents and purposes, will be ‘real’ to their parents.
“On the basis that consumer demand is there, which I think it will be, AI children will become widely available for a relatively small monthly fee.”
The possibility seems farfetched, certainly, but if you asked anyone if they thought they’d be able to listen to any song ever written on a pocket-sized device 25 years ago, you may have been laughed out of the room, too.