[ExI] nondestructive uploading of sorts

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 9 19:11:37 UTC 2013

On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> So now we have these computers with cameras, and they can read what we
> write and listen to what we say, taking digital samples of our voice as we
> talk on Skype and so forth.  We can imagine a kinda-sorta uploading where
> the computer imitates our style using our digitally recorded voices and our
> image on the screen.  Using only current technology, we might be able to
> rig something that feels like we are visiting with our digital selves.
> Clearly that is a form of nondestructive uploading in a very loose sense, a
> toy version of it anyway.

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> I could imagine using the above toy with our parents and grandparents, so
> that after they are gone, we could have a better-than-nothing Eliza-ish
> “discussion” of sorts with their avatar.
 Doesn't skype already let you wear digital adornments like hats or silly
glasses?  (i know google hangouts played with that)

So at some point the digital adornment is your whole presentable face.
 This will let you "answer" the call (even if you are answering the call,
eh?)  regardless of whether your hair/makeup is done (or undone).  People
won't expect your 'real' presence because the facade is more polite or
professional.  Then you'll have so many macros built (on the fly) to handle
the common expressions or answers you use that your knowledge agent /
representative will be able to handle the preamble smalltalk before you
even accept the call  (because we're all so busy we don't make time for the
smalltalk) It'll also fill in those gaps where you fall asleep during the
boring parts of a call or optionally (probably for a small fee) feign
interest in the other party (fee schedule probably extorts higher rates
depending on how much you were supposed to be caring about this other party)

Eventually your digital representation will be able to make calls for you
to extract the information you wanted from others who probably were going
to let their digital representation handle the requests for them too.  Our
isolation from each other will be complete - while maintaining the illusion
that everyone we might want to contact is 100% available for us 24x7.

Maybe then we'll learn how to be physically present and listening to each
other for the sheer novelty of the experience.
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