If you feel limited by the work, play, and entertainment options offered by metaverse companies so far, this might be the one for you. Somnium Space, one of many other metaverse companies, has a “Live Forever” option that you can activate whenever you want, Vice reported.
At first glance, Somnium Space is no different from other metaverse platforms. It lets you play games, offers plots of land you can buy, lets you trade cryptocurrency, and works on VR headsets or even computers whenever you want. You can purchase and showcase your non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in this space, which is also home to featured events that you attend from the comfort of your couch.
How do we live forever in the Metaverse?
Artur Sychov, the founder of Somnium Space, said Vice that to live forever in the metaverse would require giving the platform permission to record conversations and movements so that they could be used later to recreate the individual’s personality.
Family members, friends, and colleagues could then return to the metaverse to chat with the individual, long after they had left the real world. Sychov said Vice that the data points that could be collected in the metaverse on an individual were potentially up to 300 times greater than those obtained from a mobile phone today.
With so many data points, Somnium Space will strive to create an immortal replica of individuals that will not only mimic speech patterns, but also body movements such as those of the eyes, hands, and fingers, making them very similar to their original selves.
In case this all sounds vaguely similar, that’s because Microsoft intends to offer something similar and even filed patents earlier this year.
Pay to live forever
Unlike the “free model” that tech companies have often deployed in the past and continue to do today, Somnium Space wants to charge its customers for their “Live Forever” service. It’s not because the company offers a “premium service,” but simply because it doesn’t want to start collecting data on anyone and everyone right off the bat.
Unlike Facebook, which sells data to advertisers, Somnium Space does not plan to make this data available to third parties at any cost. Once a user makes payment and gives consent for the platform to start collecting data, Somnium Space will use the data for one purpose only, which is to make your avatar immortal.
Sychov also said users could simply request data deletion at a later date if they change their mind and the company believes in a decentralized world. Additionally, users will be able to dictate to the platform when they want their data recorded, giving them the most control.
The company expects immortal avatars to be available to users starting next year.