from The Daily Star

‘Metaverse’ children to replace real kids by 2050 and ‘help with overpopulation’

An AI expert has predicted that ‘virtual children’ will become the norm in the next 50 years – you’ll be able to raise them in the metaverse without having to change a single nappie

By Ciaran Daly

Opening of £22.4 million national robotarium. The centre - a partnership between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh - is said to be the largest and most advanced robotics and artificial intelligence facility in the UK, and will use robotics and AI applied research and business collaboration to solve global challenges.
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One AI writer thinks metaverse kids could be the way to go in future (Image: Daily Record)

Virtual kids born in the metaverse could become more common in the next 50 years, according to an AI expert.

Author Catriona Campbell believes parents will want to care for digital children in virtual reality, using a headset to feel like they’re really there with a CGI kid.

These virtual kids would be just like the real thing but could be switched off at the touch of a button, and Campbell argues they’ll help the world deal with ‘overpopulation’.

In a book released this year, Campbell says a ‘Tamagotchi generation’ will be born and be available to parents for a ‘small monthly fee’.

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