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“Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal takes a guided tour of a virtual world.
A psychiatrist in England is using digital avatars -- almost like characters in a video game -- to help people with schizophrenia put a face to the voices in their heads.
Your online avatar -- that photo or icon that stands for you in the virtual world -- is so much more than an image. Commentator Scott Huler says it's a window into the soul...and that's annoying. Huler lays out his big issues with these few small pixels of modern life.
That's the future as envisioned in a New York Times article. That avatar will be able to sit attentively and take notes while you go take a nap so...