Can Virtual Avatars Replace Human Roles?
         
 

 

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Can Virtual Avatars Replace Human Roles?

 

Everyday there is a new application or job for virtual avatars, from virtual teachers, shop workers, avatar dating and even wild avatar ideas like robot avatars replacing human bodies to allow hundreds of years of living. It seems the creation of avatars have endless amounts of uses. The question is though, even if these clever virtual representations get more advanced, can they really replace the flesh and bones of a human? We can go on a virtual chat site like IMVU to meet and date people through a virtual world but does this truly replace the fun and excitement of a good old fashion date to the cinema? In addition, can virtual shop assistants take the jobs of a real person? And can virtual classrooms take over the good old lectures in a room of students with wooden tables. If you were to talk to the older generation, they would probably be confused as to what an avatar is and would consider the idea of a virtual world as ridiculous. However, as we see the future unfolding it is easier to see where the technology could go. At the minute though, I think we are a long way off avatars replacing full human roles, they can probably help out in certain applications but they will always need a human to program them and control them. In many cases an avatar is made to represent a real persons looks or personality but in cartoon or graphic form. So its possible that the use of this type of representation will increase and avatars will be used to cut down the effort and rules of a real person. In reality though there a certain things that cannot replace human form and emotion. For example, Its unlikely that a person could visit the highlands of Scotland and get all the sensations, smell, atmosphere and feel through a computer simulation. Humans will always want to go back to basics and feel nature. A good role for avatars and virtual worlds would be to help us out in real life situations. Avatars can help take the strain of real life situations and take the role of many automated processes. The term 'Avatar' is also often related to many types of level of an avatar. For example, a Facebook picture or Twitter profile photo is classed as an avatar. Then in more sophisticated circumstances a 3D hologram which interact with shop users acting as a virtual representative, or a virtual airport assistant would also be classed as an avatar representation.


 
 
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