Nvidia GTC: Building the digital you | #itsecurity | #infosec

Disclosure: Nvidia is a client of the author.

Nvidia’s GTC conference is my favorite conference because the company doesn’t just talk about what it’s done; it offers up a framework that explains how it will meet needs I often didn’t even realize I had. For instance, this year’s event showcased several demos of technology that can take a video image of you in a videoconference, alter it real time, and allow your image to speak any language while you’re always looking at the audience. There’s also the future ability to potentially change your appearance on demand.

(Watching the CEO keynote is like looking into the future —Nvidia CEO Jensen Haung remains the gold standard on how to make one of these things epic.)

In another presentation, Nvidia highlighted an avatar of Huang entering a meeting and collaborating in real-time as his proxy. The avatar looked more like a cartoon, but in a conversation after the presentation, Huang indicated we are within three to five years of combining those technologies. By then, you’ll be able to create a digital twin that can do tasks you are unable to do because of time conflicts, or that are so basic artificial intelligence can easily complete them. Your avatar could conceivably continue to exist and advance after you leave the company, retire ,or die. 

This future raises some fascinating issues we’ll face when these advances become available.

Constructing a digital twin

Huang suggested a future where many of us will have metaverse instances that are like web pages today. Instead of a bunch of text that details who we are — or in my case, what I’ve written — you instead get access to a photorealistic avatar of the site owner. This avatar can then be invited to collaborate, answer questions, and even write articles, papers, or other forms of communication.

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