If speaking with the living doesn’t do it, then perhaps conversing with the dead does. Another potential use case of photorealistic avatars within high fidelity immersion is digital “immortality” or reconnecting with deceased family members and friends. Such a topic has been occasionally floated ever since VR came into public consciousness but has never been able to be pulled off given the lack of tech. Now two key technologies are coinciding to make this a possibility – realistic 3D avatar and speech AI like GPT3. It is not hard to imagine that photorealistic avatars combined with a language processing algorithm like openai’s GPT-3 (fed with the right speech text) could generate a realistic VR chatbot of anyone famous or even a deceased loved one. If such potential is realized, it could be the catalyst to convert the non-gamer masses to VR/AR.