The hardware and software behind virtual reality is improving at a rapid rate, and that opens up new possibilities – like being able to chat with your dead loved ones.
There is now an application, dubbed “Project Elysium,” which aims to create a personalized afterlife experience between users and their loved ones.
The application is still under development by an Australian based company called Paranormal Games, and very little of the details have been divulged.
What little is known, comes from their Twitter account, which shows a screenshot of someone being transformed into a 3D model. An accompanying caption reads:
Daily Mail interviewed Dr Albert Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California who stated, “potential users would have to send pictures and video of the deceased to the developer.”
But the company may also need to harvest even more data so that they can construct the person’s personality, mannerisms and movements.
‘If I knew I had an incurable disease, maybe I would do a full body scan and have a digital replica created, and I would sit down for 20 hours and have people ask me questions about my life and what I think about different things.’ Dr. Rizzo says.
He says this can all be programmed into virtual reality to create a living record of someone that people can interact with using VR headsets such as Oculus Rift.
But experts are divided over how this can impact a user’s mental health. Some argue that it can provide real comfort and support in times of grief, while others say it may prevent people from moving on from trauma.
‘I think helping people to confront difficult emotional challenges done in a safe environment is a positive thing,’ said Dr Rizzo.
‘When people avoid processing things, this is when it comes back and haunts them.’
‘I don’t think there is any disrespect to the dead to want to view them and interact with them,’ he added.
Project Elysium has been entered into the upcoming Oculus VR Jam 2015. To be eligible for the jam’s grand prize, it has to showcase more screenshots by April 27, followed by video footage the week after to be eligible for the jam’s grand prize.
‘You can experience anything that’s possible and anything that’s impossible,’ Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told GamesBeat. ‘It puts you into a difference space where there’s almost no rules.’
Source: Daily Mail and Lisa Muhar
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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death – Revelation 21:8 (KJV).
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness- 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (KJV).
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction – 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV).
Power and signs and lying wonders”…rejection of truth, and for this “God shall send them a strong delusion that they shall believe a lie” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 (KJV).
Satan, has already set the stage for deception – he teaches today the lie of the immortal soul. “…Ye shall not surely die…then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ -Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV).
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