This lecture by entrepreneur, educator and author Jesse Schell is a must see for anyone interested in virtual identity. The keynote address from this years' Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds conference discusses ten technologies he believes will make a huge difference for virtual characters in the coming years.
The idea that resonated most for me was the concept of avatar as virtual companion. Today, we experience the psychological reality of our avatar as a unique character. In the future, advances in areas such as facial recognition, artificial intelligence and augmented reality will transform our avatars into truly independent companions. Maybe Raj's dream will someday come true.