A grieving woman was reunited with her deceased 7-year-old daughter through virtual reality on a Korean television show that stretches the bounds of what is sane and ethical to do with technology.
The Korean TV special called Meeting You aired last week and focused on a family that lost their 7-year-old daughter. In a bizarre and troubling finale to the special, the mother was reunited with her dead daughter through a virtual reality simulation. The mother put on a headset and began conversing with a likeness of her daughter through the device.
“Where have you been, Mum? Did you think about me?” the “daughter” said to her mother through the simulation.
“I do all the time,” the mother replied as she reached out to “hold” the hand of her counterfeit daughter.
The mother said that she agreed to do the program because of her intense grief over the loss of her seven-year-old daughter in 2016. She is still pained immeasurably due to her loss.
“Three years later, I now think I should love her more than I miss her… so that I can be confident when I meet her later,” she said.
The mother enjoyed seeing the virtual reality recreation of her daughter, but appears to have a hard time separating fantasy from reality as a result of the experience.
“Maybe it’s a real paradise. I met Nayeon, who called me with a smile, for a very short time, but it’s a very happy time. I think I’ve had the dream I’ve always wanted,” the mother said following the experience.
The video from the special can be seen here:
While some observers believe this was a touching moment, others are creeped out by the concept and wondering about the dark roads that rapid technological advancement may lead mankind down.
“Were this done behind closed doors, then maybe we could argue the psychological and ethical merits of such an exercise. And now we’ll have to. But putting it on TV, and then the internet, for the world to see? Whatever the long-term moral and ethical questions are that we’re going to have to face, this is extremely f**ked up,” wrote Kotaku reporter Luke Plunkett about the ordeal.
The scenario from the Korean television program is eerily similar to a dystopian fantasy from the Netflix sci-fi show Black Mirror produced in 2013 in which a service was created to provide a counterfeit copy of deceased loved ones to the bereaved.
The human experience is growing more artificial as mankind is empowered by technological advancement to play God. The results to the human race could be catastrophic on an unprecedented level.
Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs
Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most
America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.
Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.
Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.
President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.
Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.
The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”
The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.
“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.
In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.
Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.
Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.
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