When Sgt. Dad or Lt. Mom can’t call home via phone or the Internet, their children will be able to communicate with a virtual parent — if a new Pentagon project works as planned.
It’s a bit Orwellian, notes Medgadget. Just a tad.
From the DOD project overview:
We are looking for innovative applications that explore and harness the power of advanced interactive multimedia computer technologies to produce compelling interactive dialogue between a Service member and their families via a pc- or web-based application using video footage or high-resolution 3-D rendering. The child should be able to have a simulated conversation with a parent about generic, everyday topics. For instance, a child may get a response from saying “I love you”, or “I miss you”, or “Good night mommy/daddy.”
The proposal asks for “convincing voice-recognition, artificial intelligence, and the ability to easily and inexpensively develop a customized application tailored to a specific parent.”
If the father or mother dies, will Virtual Parent 2.0 be able to step in? This is just too spooky for me.
Wired has more.