If you’re a fan of Altered Carbon or Westworld, you’re going to love what MindArk says it’s working on: The Entropia Universestudio aims to use the game as a “potential reality where human consciousness can be inserted into virtual characters, making it possible to continue to live on as an Avatar well after their human body has passed.” I am not making this up.
“Although full realization of transplanted artificial intelligence is still some time away, MindArk is preparing to use advanced artificial intelligence data to create virtual avatars based on the consciousness of real people. MindArk is closely following the work of pioneering scientists within the field of ‘Mind Uploading’ which includes research from Princeton University, Oxford University and other institutions. The company is already testing new technology to create more realistic gaming experiences, and is establishing itself as a leader in the virtual space where digital consciousness can be paired with artificial intelligence. This will open new possibilities for what it means to live on after life is over.”
In other words, an MMORPG company is spending resources trying to make sci-fi a reality – “cultivating online immortality” – so we can live forever.
“With a well-established virtual presence that spans decades, Entropia Universe is the prime destination for making science fiction a reality and ‘uploading’ volunteer’s brain data to allow them to live on for eternity in the online universe,” MindArk CEO Henrik Nel says.
I mean, if I have to live forever, would I want it to be in Entropia? Because I’m not sure it would be on this planet, and most gameworlds are even more terrifying? How farfetched is all this? Is it too soon to make permadeath jokes? And while I’m wondering out loud, is it appropriate to file this under “expansions and patches” if it’s a patch on life itself?