Mark Zuckerberg discusses bringing back loved ones through VR and Metaverse

But the Meta boss warns the tech could be 'unhealthy'.

Published on Oct 3, 2023 at 1:31PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Oct 4, 2023 at 11:17AM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
Mark Zuckerberg talks the metaverse with Lex Fridman

Mark Zuckerberg says people will one day be able to interact with their dead loved ones in the Metaverse.

He just revealed Meta is using new technology that scans faces to build 3D virtual models that are more realistic than ever before.

But the Meta boss also warned the tech could be “unhealthy”.

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Speaking to Lex Fridman, Zuckerberg openly discussed the pros and cons of creating virtual models of deceased friends and family using VR and AI.

“If someone has lost a loved one and is grieving, there may be ways in which being able to interact or relive certain memories could be helpful,” he said.

But he admitted, “I’m not an expert in that, so I think we’d have to study that and understand it in more detail”.

In the interview with Fridman, Zuckerberg debuted Meta’s new Codec Avatars, giving an insight into how the tech works.

He explained that the technology can scan faces to build extremely accurate 3D models.

And Fridman was impressed, to say the least.

“This is really the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen,” he said.

“I’m almost getting emotional, it feels like a totally fundamentally new experience.

“For me to have this kind of conversation with loved ones, it would just change everything.”

Zuckerberg has ambitious plans for the Metaverse, saying, “soon the physical and digital will come together”.

And he’s working hard in pursuit of this, too.

Meta just released its latest, most advanced mixed-reality VR headset, the Quest 3.

The headset “blends digital objects into your physical space” and the imagery is wildly realistic.

But the Quest 3 isn’t without competition.

It’s up against the Vision Pro VR headset just launched by Apple.

But Meta might have a slight leg up because at around $500, it’s a lot less expensive than Apple’s Vision Pro headset which retails for a whopping $3,499.

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