AI Tech North Presentation

David's talk at AI Tech North on "Enriching Virtual Humans through the Semantic Web and Knowledge Graphs" is now available on video:



It's a 20min watch, and followed by another interesting session on analysis of language in social media use.

Virtual Humans - Thinkpiece Video

Earlier during lockdown I recorded a short talk on virtual humans inspired by the Virtual Humans book for our publishers.

Taylor and Francis have now posted the talk on their web site in their AI Knowledge Hub strand. You can view it at https://aibusiness.com/video.asp?section_id=803&doc_id=763252 or below:


My co-author, Prof Maggi Savin-Baden has a similar piece on Digital Afterlife at https://aibusiness.com/video.asp?section_id=803&doc_id=764214

Enjoy, and be interested to hear your thoughts.


Aura Blogpost - "From Virtual Personas to a Digital Afterlife"



David has a blog post on "From Virtual Personas to a Digital Afterlife" on the blog of the new Aura website/service- "designed to help you prepare your memories, important information and connect with loved ones before you die", part of the burgeoning digital afterlife/memorial sector but also looking to open up the conversations ahead of time.

You can read the blog post in full at: https://www.aura.page/articles/from-virtual-personas-to-a-digital-afterlife/

It's also interesting to compare some of the ideas in the post with Channel 4's recent documentary on Peter: The Human Cyborg as there certainly seems to be some common ground worth exploring.

Personal Digital Twins role in Epidemics control

Apart from some sobering thoughts about Digital Immortality I didn't think I'd see much linking Virtual Humans to COVID-19 but this is an interesting post around the concept of Personal Digital Twins (CDT). As I understand it the idea is that if your digital twin is put into the agent based model of the disease then a) you get a more personal sense as to whether the virus might get you, and so modify your behaviour accordingly (although the reverse may be a danger), b) the model is more accurate if your PDT is an accurate model of you rather than a generic agent and c) by combining the model action/results and  your real world action/results the model can be improved.

Read more at: https://cmte.ieee.org/futuredirections/2020/04/07/personal-digital-twins-role-in-epidemics-control-xi/

Digital Afterlife book is out!


Maggi's new book on Digital Afterlife is now out. The book delves deeper and wider into the topic of Digital Immortality introduced in our Virtual Humans book, and encompasses a wider range of artefacts and behaviours linked to the broader term of "Digital Afterlife". The book was co-edited by Victoria Mason-Robbie (with whom we've collaborated on other projects), and I have a chapter on the techie side of Digital Immortality, again digging a bit deeper than we could in the original book.

More information on the CRC site, or you can buy from Amazon in the US or UK, and all other good booksellers!