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SXSW 2020

I've Become You: Will You Trust Me as Your Avatar?

XR puts us at the center of the experience/story - but what happens when virtually embodied AI-driven avatars drive the story? Both Fable’s Wolves in the Walls and Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality avatar, Mica, are preliminary windows into our surreal future. A future at once marvelous and unnerving. What will be the consequences of our relationships and interactions with embodied beings in virtual worlds? What happens when anyone can create an avatar that looks like anybody alive (or who has ever lived) and animate that avatar to do whatever they'd like? We’ll be empowered through multiple versions of ourselves, and challenged by manifold versions of each other (or is it the reverse?). What is identity when everything is equally real in the virtual? Will you accept me becoming you?

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  1. To understand how the convergence of AI and XR will open fascinating opportunities and challenges in our social, political, and personal lives.
  2. To learn how Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will raise questions over who defines who - the avatar or the human.
  3. To grasp the essential conversations we need to have to understand identity in a world that erases the boundaries between the real and the virtual.



Emory Craig, Co-Founder and Publisher, Digital Bodies

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Focus15
  • Track: Fantastic Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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