Dear Future Virtuals,
We all have concerns when it comes to making that all important decision on where we spend the next phase of existence. Besides setting the standard in safety, sim quality and sensory detail, VEI offers a variety of destinations and packages. Which one is right for you? We at VEI invite your questions.
VEI Representative and Future VEI Virtual
On Bio to Virtual Communications:
A loved one’s transition from bio to a virtual destination, especially if it is unexpected, can cause a great deal of anxiety and confusion for those left behind in the physical world. We often get tearful pleas to contact the new virtual and as much as we sympathize, we are unable to make exceptions. Depending on how quickly their loved one adjusts to his or her new existence, contact by way of voice communication is usually available within six weeks, followed by a specialized image enhancement holo-communicator within another three months. Although most virtuals are able to stabilize their visual manifestation much sooner, some take longer.
Because the technology isn’t currently sold to the public, VEI has set up a number of satellite offices with holo-virtual communicators and for a small monthly fee, loved ones can stay in regular contact. Although many have called for individual ownership of these bio-virtual image communicators, we in the virtual environments industry feel too early communication puts the new virtual at risk for failure to adjust and communication must be regulated for this reason.
A positive new development, announced by the communications giant TWC (Two Worlds Connect) is a joint bio-virtual network–BVN (Bio/Virtual Network) with programming developed by a team composed of bios and virtuals, including our own Bali Hai virtual Betsy Salan of “Cooking from Scratch” fame. We can look forward to “Cooking Betsy” once again!
After selecting the post bio program, your first decision will be to design your post-transition avatar. Any virtual will tell you that the success of your orientation can be helped or hindered by the design of your avatar. VEI offers a comprehensive selection of avatar features. Of course the avatars are tailored to the program. For example, The Heartlands USA destination currently offers over forty male and female avatars, all patterned on preferred body types and faces, several custom mix and match facial characteristics and a wide palette of skin tones. Because of the nature of this environment and the charter agreement, all avatars must meet certain human appearance requirements. Our Bali Hai program avatars, on the other hand, can have some animal characteristics, however, most virtuals opt for a human or humanoid appearance. Although it is the custom to shed one’s avatar identity when one has stabilized, feels comfortable and age shifting skills are perfected, some virtuals do assume their avatars for social events. Regardless, ask about avatar options (every virtual is entitled to at least one) What avatar is waiting to be you?
Several months ago, a man asked if he decided to have his mind uploaded, could he take his dog with him. This was my answer to his question:
Dear Mr. Buck,
After numerous studies and trials–scanning and uploading a variety of animals, including several breeds of dogs (Chows, Labradors, terriers, poodles, chihuahuas and St. Bernards) we have reluctantly concluded that our beloved pets fail to adjust to their new reality. When confronted with the shifting images of virtual citizens and the sudden comings and goings, dog files in particular become unstable–some becoming hostile, others chasing their tails or howling. All self-deleted within a three bio month period. Is your dog a chihuahua? They seemed to last the longest, nestling in a piece of clothing, or part of the owner, where they remained immobile. VEI is now offering a complimentary pet sim as part of our American Heartlands package. Just bring Rex or Fido in at your convenience and a scan of your pet’s memories of you will be filed and ready to greet when you make that transition from bio to virtual.