During the last few years we’ve created a plethora of Digital Twins (DT) for our customers, implanting objects like rotor sails, roofs, construction sites, SDWANs and many other real-world things successfully on BaseN.
With our patented and self-sustained platform evolving more and more towards a standard, global DT/SPIME environment, we’ve also gradually added new capabilities like Machine Learning and AI as applicable features for our customers. Underlining our philosophy, many of these customers are now calling their DT/SPIMEs as the primary merchandise, while physical assets around it come and go. Customers’ customers are finally seeing truly sustainable services and lifecycle management as more and more service products become DT-oriented.
While experimenting with Machine Learning algorithms and e.g. GPT-3 language model, we’ve seen that a lot can be done also with unstructured and human-generated data.
Evolution of Digital Twins: Objects to Human Entities
So, what if we created a rudimentary Human DT/SPIME? It could be started by feeding all possible, ever written and spoken ‘signals’ from a person into the running DT/SPIME backend. Since about year 2000, this kind of data is more and more available, although splintered around different services and platforms. But theoretically?
Could we create a DT/SPIME of, say, Stephen Hawking, so that I could still have conversation almost with him (his DT/SPIME) and tap into at least some of his extraordinary thinking?
This may sound like SciFi for now, but what if we put some monetization aspects into it? Many people earn their living now being YouTubers or OnlyFans content creators. Would you subscribe for a DT/SPIME of, say, David Byrne of Talking Heads? Or Ray Kurzweil?
The prospect of Human Digital Twins beckons us to the intersection of technology and humanity, posing questions about identity, privacy, and ethics. As we navigate this uncharted territory, our journey is marked by the pursuit of innovation balanced with a deep commitment to safeguarding the values that define us. The path to crafting virtual counterparts of individuals is not just a technological pursuit; it’s a reflection of our evolving society’s aspirations and concerns. Ultimately, as we explore the realm of Human Digital Twins, we tread carefully, harnessing the potential to augment human experiences while remaining vigilant custodians of the integrity and dignity that make us human.
Food for thought. Meanwhile we’ll make sure most non-human things are produced and used sustainably and efficiently, on BaseN.