Artificial intelligence combined with the Internet of Things allows the digital construction of things that are constantly learning from and helping improve the real counterpart.
French software company Dassault Systemes says thousands of firms are showing interest in its digital twin technology, which includes projects like Living Heart, a digital model of the human heart for mapping heart conditions, and trying out surgical procedures and devices.
Meanwhile, U.S. software firm Nvidia's Earth-2 project is creating a digital twin of the Earth's surface, using deep learning models and neural networks.
Technology analyst Rob Enderle anticipates that the first iterations of thinking human digital twins—virtual replicas of ourselves—will debut before the end of the decade.
"The emergence of these will need a huge amount of thought and ethical consideration, because a thinking replica of ourselves could be incredibly useful to employers," Enderle said.
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