She’s not imaginary—she’s just not real.
In Japan, technologists have created some kind of cutie-pie cartoonish virtual young woman who follows you around in real life. You won’t get any street cred for having this gal by your side, though, because you’re the only one who can see her. She’s not imaginary—just fake.
Before we go on, take a look. Start the video at about 1:00 since I’m assuming you can’t read Japanese. (And if you can read Japanese, tell me below about how my assumption made an ass out of me. Only do it in Japanese!)
Here’s the video:
However silly it might seem right now, it’s definitely a step forward in technology, having someone or something right there in your own “augmented reality” as they’re calling this. And not just to see her, but to be able to interact with her. It would take some pretty sophisticated computering to be able to have this virtual person respond to finer interactions, but we should be hopeful that one day this companion can play chess or even have a conversation.
Or how about this scenario off the top of my head: prisoners too dangerous to be left with other inmates could still be in solitary confinement—but without being alone. And a creative commenter on YouTube said, “wow that’s scary … imagine horror videogames in the future.”
Of course, like the Internet and television before it, technology has its inherent, dichotomous positives/negatives. It’ll allow those with isolatory tendencies an enabled way to avoid actual interaction. Plus, the gist of the video seemed to carry a “see what I can do to this girl” vibe.
Is this video just guys being guys: demonstrating a breakthrough technology via a sexy character? Or are we seeing a new realm for a population of men out there who lack confidence and will take this as a way to play out their fantasies with this passive, young code of 0s and 1s?
What do you make of this technology?
—Image credit: nikovideo.jp