Catriona Campbell, an authority in the field of artificial intelligence, has proposed that the creation of virtual offspring could be one solution to the problem of overpopulation.
Campbell made this prediction in her recently released book, “AI by Design: A Plan for Living with Artificial Intelligence.” Campbell believes that within the next fifty years, society will generally accept computer-generated babies. Because they would only live in the metaverse, an immersive digital world, and would only take a small number of resources to nurture, virtual children are an ecologically beneficial alternative to having actual children.
Campbell thinks that virtual reality technology would make it possible for people to engage with these digital infants as if they were real, and that high-tech gloves might offer tactile input to mimic the actual pleasures of playing with and caring for a kid.
She contends that if digital children were created, they would have a photo-realistic appearance, the ability to identify and communicate with their parents through the use of face tracking and voice analysis, as well as the capacity to speak and exhibit simulated emotional reactions.
According to Campbell, virtual children would be an answer to the problem of overcrowding, which has caused some individuals to decide against having children or to put off beginning a family because of the expense of doing so. Some analysts believe that the population of the globe will begin to decrease in the second part of this century as a direct result of falling birth rates. Campbell is of the opinion that members of the “Tamagotchi generation,” or those who came of age during the late 1990s and early 2000s and were nurtured on virtual pets, will be interested in eco-friendly digital children.
Campbell believes that future technological advancements will ensure that virtual children and children in the real world will be indistinguishable from one another, despite the fact that some people may find the concept of virtual children to be troubling.
She is of the opinion that if there is enough customer demand, artificially intelligent children will become readily available for a charge that is comparatively low on a monthly basis.