Mother of Korean Descent Uses Virtual Technology to Reconnect with Her Deceased Daughter
As technology continues to play a bigger role in our lives, questions continue to arise as to how much it will affect our perspective on life.
Are we becoming closer to each other through social media like Facebook, or just pretending we are?
Recently, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced ‘Meta,’ a new virtual reality component to the Facebook experience that will connect people with digital avatars and new activities online.
While it remains to be seen whether the new “Metaverse” will be a hit, or whether it will be a net positive for society, one thing is for certain: it will come with a lot of fanfare.
Recently, a Korean mother was able to put virtual reality (VR) goggles to the test in a documentary called ‘Meeting You’ aired by South Korean network MBC.
Using her VR goggles, the mother burst into tears during a 3D reunion with her virtual reality daughter than must be seen to be believed.
Mother and Daughter Reunite in the Virtual World
The scene, which can be watched below, starts out with the mother in a highly emotional state as she wears the VR headset.
She hears her virtual daughter cry out to her, exclaiming, “Mom!” while maneuvering around a pile of wood to face her mother.
With an angelic face and a beret across her hair, she asks, “Mom, where have you been? Have you been thinking of me?”
The mother replies “Always” as she fights back tears.
“I missed you a lot,” she adds.
She attempts to touch her daughter, named Na-Yeon, but is unable to as her hands go right through her virtual body.
The woman, Jang Ji-sung, said her daughter had died three years earlier due to a blood-related disease.
Using pictures of Na-Yeon and virtual reality technology, her three-dimensional likeness was created.
One of the developers of the app said the goal was to add a certain type of warmth to the technology that most people believe it is typically missing.
The mother later commented on what it was like to see her daughter, who would be age 11 if she were alive, at the age of seven.
Check out the video below to see her final reaction, and let us know what you think of this technology in the comments section.
Would you ever do something like this with one of your deceased relatives?