‘Virtual children’ – the future of parenting?

What will the future look like? A sky full of flying cars? Traveling in virtual reality? Tamagotchi children? Well, according to last article About a new book coming from an AI expert, Kids of Tamagotchi will be the “new thing” in parenting (or rather so-called parenting!).

Well, what is a tamagotchi baby? This phrase, borrowed from Japanese digital pet toys that were hugely popular in the 1990s, refers to “a cheap, cuddly digital offspring” in the “metaverse”. According to this AI expert, “In 50 years, technology will have advanced to such an extent that children in the metaverse will be indistinguishable from children in the real world.” Apparently, these children would look like their ‘parents’, able to play with and cuddle with them, as well as enjoy ‘simulated emotional responses in addition to speech’.

Now why would anyone want a digital baby? we will,

Think about the advantages: low cost and environmental impact. And less worry – although you might want a bit of that programmed for a more realistic parenting experience.

Don’t want a teenager? “Then put it off,” as parents of digital offspring will likely be able to decide if and when their child grows up. Tired of “breeding” your tamagotchi? Cancel your monthly subscription!

It shows incredible contempt for the value of human life, and places ease, financial considerations, and the environment on a child’s life.

The idea of ​​replacing a real baby with a digital one is terrifying! It shows incredible contempt for the value of human life, and places ease, financial considerations, and the environment on a child’s life. Not only that, but the pre-programmed digital baby is supposed to be a good alternative to a baby of flesh and blood, made in God’s image with an eternal soul baby!

In a culture that increasingly views children as a burden, on both their lifestyle and their pocket (as well as the environment), digital children can seem like fun. But only because such children (because they don’t really exist!) don’t need any of the self-sacrifice that parenting requires! It’s a selfish, selfish idea that makes “parenting” an experience you pay for and “kids” a commodity for a monthly subscription. (But in a society that largely sees children in this commodity way, to be begotten or disposed of at will, that is not surprising.)

How should Christians view virtual children? Well, we must first understand that the first recorded statement God made to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1, after He created them, was:

And God said to them: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over everything that moves on the earth. (Genesis 1:28)

God has never canceled this!

Second, we must understand the heart that will drive the creation of this technology. It’s not about developing something fun that people can play with (like Tamagotchi toys). It is about sabotaging the family and the order God created and allowing creation (the environment) to dominate man rather than the other way around as it should (Genesis 25:1). It is another ploy of Satan to try to destroy the family.

Third, Christian wisdom says that, as with any technology, Christians should be aware of the time commitment such a product will have. The experience is very likely to be very immersive and even addictive (consider the amount of time people spend on social media in just one day!), or spending hours each day that can be spent with family, serving the Lord, or doing the daily tasks you have God called us to be honest – and all for what? An AI-powered hologram that does not exist with absolutely no eternal value will vanish from this earth.

The world may embrace digital children as a path to the future, but as Christians we know that a child made in our image is no substitute for a child made in God’s image.

Finally, fathers, let this ridiculous article (which also reminds me of Romans 1:22, “In the name of wisdom, they have become fools”) remind you of the importance of the job God has given you. The world may embrace digital children as a path to the future, but as Christians we know that a child made in our image is no substitute for a child made in God’s image. We’ve been entrusted with these kids – thankfully without a monthly subscription cost! We dedicate time, resources, and energy to raising these children in the formation and education of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4 KJV). It is a very difficult task but it is a wonderful blessing from the Lord!

As the arrows of the warrior sons of the youth. Blessed is the man who fills his sleeve with them! (Psalm 127:4-5)

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