Perceptual illusions have the power to change our abilities and behaviours. Prior research in virtual reality (VR) has shown that transporting ourselves into a new digital physical or social environment, or having an experience of piloting a virtual avatar, even if unrealistic, can be a transformative experience.
However, what happens when we see a hyper-realistic and modified version of ourselves? One that is younger or older, or plays another role? One that behaves in a different way? With advancements in generative AI, we are now able to synthesize new digital versions of ourselves that can look and sound remarkably like us.
Synthesized selves can be a provoking medium for questioning what could be. Instead of looking at our own simple reflections, synthesized reflections can beg us to question and explore "Who am I?" Such a probe can even shape our self-beliefs and encourage us to pursue our greatest potentials.