During a recent interview on the Metaverse with podcaster Lex Fridman, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the company’s new humanoid VR avatars. These Codec avatars utilize advanced scanning technology to generate 3D facial models of users.
In the course of their discussion, Fridman expressed a poignant desire, mentioning, “I would love to communicate with my departed loved ones.” He then posed a forward-looking question to Zuckerberg, asking, “As you envisage the future, do you see that possibility becoming a reality?”
While acknowledging the intricacies of such an idea, Zuckerberg opined that creating a virtual rendition of a deceased individual through VR and AI might be feasible, but it would come with certain “trade-offs”.
“If someone has lost a loved one and is grieving, there may be ways that being able to interact or relive certain memories can be helpful.”
He also added that this was a dimension where it could become “unhealthy” and said, “I am not an expert on this subject, so I think we need to examine and understand this issue in more detail.” said.
Meanwhile, a caricatured image of Zuckerberg’s first metaverse avatar posted on social media outside a virtual version of the Eiffel Tower became the target of internet memes.