Technology is advancing at a pace where things we previously thought of as ‘impossible’ are now becoming a reality. For […]
Technology is advancing at a pace where things we previously thought of as ‘impossible’ are now becoming a reality. For instance, it has been humanity’s greatest desire to somehow connect with their loved ones who passed away. Though there are many supernatural and occult practices for speaking to the dead, none of them has a major backing in the world of science. However, with virtual reality, it might be possible to actually have an interaction with a deceased family member or friend.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) February 21, 2020
A Korean documentary called I Met You has been receiving a lot of praise and popularity for a special segment it aired, reported Reuters. The part shows a mother reuniting with her dead daughter through virtual reality. According to the AJU Business Daily, Jang Ji-sung lost her 7-year-old daughter Nayeon to an unfortunate illness around four years ago. In light of this, the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) set to work on a project to heal the mother’s ailing heart.
They took eight months to produce what is now the most intense virtual reality experience possible. Using advanced technology, they successfully, re-created Nayeon’s face, body, and voice as closely as possible.
South Korea : Jang Ji-sung lost her 7 yr old daughter in an incurable disease in 2016. Four years later, Jang experiences virtual reality of her deceased daughter.#VirtualReality opening new dimension across the world. This video was broadcasted on Korean TV !!#VirtualCast pic.twitter.com/vzqXazoJbx
— SWAMI R.P. ARANYA (@BeingNationali1) February 16, 2020
It’s important to note that in such a process, one still cannot physically touch the virtual version of the subject. So even though Jang Ji-sung could not literally hug her daughter, she appeared to truly cherish the entire experience.
The video shows them conversing with each other, picking flowers together, taking pictures, and even taking time to celebrate Nayeon’s birthday.
“People would often think that technology is something that’s cold. We decided to participate to see if technology can comfort and warm your heart when it is used for people,” said Lee Hyun-suk, director of the Seoul-based VIVE Studios, who led the project. “It’s heartbreaking that her time has stopped at the age of 7,” Jang said, with a faint smile. “But I was so happy to see her that way.”