Virtual version of real human

Japanese actor Hiro Mizushima is now turned into a virtual human! His name is Lewis Hiro Newman and he just started his Instagram account yesterday.

The reason why they made this virtual human is because they wanted to create clone version of real person and have totally different life with latest technology. He is focusing on fashion, music, art and he wants to build his carer globally.

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I’m excited to finalIy share with you something I have been working on for a while. I now exist in the virtual world. My virtual human name is Lewis Hiro Newman. I worked with my friends at 1sec, Japan’s first virtual human production/management company, to create this virtual version of myself. Why did I decide to become virtual? It’s a bit hard to explain but have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had made different choices in the past? When I was in college, there was a time I contemplated to move abroad or to become an actor in Japan. I wanted to move to London to study art, fashion and music. I dreamed of becoming someone who created beautiful things all around the world, not just in Japan. Lewis Hiro Newman gives me a second chance to become who I couldn’t be. Mr. Miyaji (founder of 1sec) and I discussed how Lewis could let me write another chapter of my life. Although Lewis and I look the same, Lewis has knowledge and abilities that I lack in and therefore make decisions and live a life different from me. Isn’t that exciting?! The cool thing is, not only does Lewis live in the virtual world but he also exists in the real world through me. He is going to see things and live a life I’ve always wanted to live. Lewis was just created but I know that he’s going to do amazing things instead of me. I’m jealous because he gets to stay forever young and chase his dreams and passion. Introducing world’s first virtual and real human collaboration. Your support would mean so much to me. In reality, we can only live one life but using technology, we are now able to live another life we’ve always dreamed of. And I think that sounds pretty great. #Livingbetweenvirtualandreality #バーチャルと現実の狭間で生きていく #Lewisnewman

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Hiro Mizushima shared the picture of clone version of himself on his Instagram account. This project was created by virtual influencer marketing company 1sec. Popular virtual influencer Liam Nikuro was created by 1sec.

There are many virtual influencer out there, but to create virtual version of the real person is new and nobody have done it yet, so it’s exciting to see how this goes.

Virtual human is not limited by time and place. If this project goes well, we might be able to see CG version of celebrity in person all the time. However if there’s no difference between virtual and real, then what’s human? How do we determine who is human and who is virtual?



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