[ExI] You’ll soon have your own digital clone

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri May 3 18:08:07 UTC 2024

Why you’ll soon have a digital clone of your own
by Mike Elgan     02 May 2024

AI isn’t going to replace you at work. You will.
Some of the most influential influencers on social media sites aren’t
people, but computer-generated digital creations. And soon digital
“people” will be commonplace in business.

To me, the most fascinating dimension to the digital influencer
phenomenon is the reaction of the public. Followers who presumably
know these influencers are computer-generated actually leave comments
on their posts, addressing the non-person as if they were capable of
reading and understanding comments.

It’s unsettling to think that these commenters don’t know they’re
talking to a fake person, and also unsettling to think they do know —
and comment anyway. Some commenters are themselves virtual influencers
(no doubt playing the Instagram game of performative engagement on the
accounts one wishes to steal followers from).

This is a clue to the future: A huge chunk of the public appears to be
indifferent to whether the person who is “influencing” them is real or

"Reality" becomes stranger and stranger..........


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