VIRTUAL reality babies will likely be commonplace within 50 years, says a leading artificial intelligence expert.
Catriona Campbell estimates that by the early 2070s, one in five couples could choose a digital tot over a real toddler.
The computer-generated children will exist in the virtual metaverse – a kind of 3D internet – and will come to life at the push of a button.
Parents will see and interact with them through next-generation AR (augmented reality) glasses and haptic gloves – which provide a realistic sense of touch when handling virtual or holographic objects.
The “kids” will talk, give simulated emotional responses, have digital memories, and grow up in real-time.
They could be accessible through a subscription service for as little as £20 a month.
Catriona calls them the “Tamagotchi” generation as they are a step ahead of the digital pet owners of the 1990s before they hatched.
She said the concept has the potential to be a “technological game changer” that could help solve problems like overpopulation.
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