“Loneliness” of the avatar
February 28th, 2006

Samsung Electronics “is now cooperating with a local research team to develop cell phone software that can feel, think, evolve and reproduce”,the Korea Times reports.”The team,led by Prof. Kim Jong-hwan at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,is hooking up with Samsung to create the attention-grabbing software outfitted with “artificial chromosomes”.”This software can feel,think and interact with phone owners.It will breathe power into cell phones,bringing the gadgets to life,” Kim said.’We have almost completed the first-stage task with Samsung to install the software in cell phones and plan to start the second job soon,”the 48-year-old said.Oh’s former top lieutenant Lee Kang-hee said a three-dimensional avatar will lurk inside the cell phone and adjust itself to characteristics of the cell phone carriers.’It’s just like a sophisticated creature living inside a cell phone.An owner will be allowed to set its first personality by defining the underlying DNA,” said Lee, who will join Samsung Electronics tomorrow.”However, it is up to the avatar how its personality develops with the owner. Its personality can get better or worse depending on how people treat it,” he said.Lee added folks will be able to deal with loneliness felt by the avatar,which will pop up on the phone when they feel alone,by touching a button.Should the owner refuse to respond to the signal, the avatars will change their personalities either to express such feelings more often or just to become depressed,according to Lee.This year,the team is poised to start enabling the cell phone-embedded artificial creature to mate with another to have offspring”.

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