Tamagotchi kids: could the future of parenthood be having virtual children in the metaverse?

Name: Tamagotchi kids.

Age: Yet to be born, though it won’t be long, says Catriona Campbell.

Is she pregnant? No. Well, I don’t know, that’s not the point.

What is the point? That some people might decide never to be pregnant, ever again.

That already happens, doesn’t it? True, for loads of reasons, including concerns about the environment, overpopulation, the rising cost of bringing up a child, etc.

So who is this Catriona Campbell, then? One of the UK’s leading authorities on artificial intelligence. She has a new book out, called AI by Design: A Plan For Living With Artificial Intelligence.

What does she say in it? That “within 50 years, technology will have advanced to such an extent that babies which exist in the metaverse are indistinct from those in the real world.”