Could super-realistic avatars of dead presidents influence election results?
In the future, Virtual Ronald Reagan will always be President. At least until Virtual Nixon virtually stabs him in the virtual back.
A new technology called cognitive video regeneration has seemingly brought Ronald Reagan back from the dead — a potential glimpse into how politics might be played in the future — if not the present. The technology was developed by a company called Seyyer, who has created the Reagan "Live From the Other Side" series of videos in which the late president can be seen and heard talking about such things as the recent crisis in Egypt, the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and even the current election.
But while fascinating and even a little bit macabre, could technologies like this actually impact on public opinion?
While Seyyer is using the "Live From the Other Side" series to showcase its technology, it's also promoting a decidedly pro-Republican stance.
In one of the videos, the virtual Reagan can be heard saying, "Protesters are responding to an anti-Islam movie produced here in America. Mitt Romney seems ready to fight and believes President Obama's measured approach weakens America's position in the international community."