A generation of children who cared for digital pets and beings is embracing the next iteration of digital care, raising virtual pets and eventually virtual children as well.
Catriona Campbell, an artificial intelligence expert from the UK, predicts that virtual children will exist in the metaverse within the next 50 years. Campbell believes that the technology that evolves to create these virtual newborns will be embraced by a group who grew up caring for a popular 1990s pet toy: the Tamagotchi generation. She predicts that these virtual children will look like their “parents” and be able to play and interact from within their digital habitat. In an age where many younger generations are reconsidering having families of their own, this outlet might attract a new generation of digital caretakers.
For consumers looking to find connection in the virtual realm, the Petaverse
is here: a platform where NFT cats will be minted on Polygon and purchased starting this summer. The Petaverse Network aims to become the first cross-chain platform for digital pets in order to reach a broader audience in a gamified NFT experience that fosters emotional connection and delivers true digital pet ownership.