Within 5 years, it seems, we may have digital twins. Yes, really. Excerpt:
“When you and I die, our kids aren’t going to go to our tombstones, they’re going to fire up our digital twins and talk to them,” John Smart tells Business Insider.
As a futurist and founder of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, Smart uses many names for the technology he predicts — digital twin, cyber-self, personal agent — but the concept stays the same: a computer-based version of you.
Using various strategies for gathering and organizing your data, digital twins will mirror peoples’ interests and values. They’ll “input user writings and archived email, realtime wearable smartphones (lifelogs), and verbal feedback to allow increasingly intelligent and productive guidance of the user’s purchases, learning, communication, feedback, and even voting activities,” Smart writes.
Here’s what I want to know – can this digital twin earn a living for me?
As a quality systems consultant to the medical device and tissue industries, it seems every year more and more of my work is being done purely electronically, via VPN, Skype, email and cloud tech. So, if this is the case, can I program my 25+ years of industry experience into this digital twin and have it do the work, while I bum around in the mountains in pursuit of trout, or whatever else enters my mind at the time?
Somehow I suspect that level of sophistication is some years off.
(Will I be able to buy a digital twin of, say, Kate Beckinsale?)