Technology has taken over the world, especially with the advent of the gig economy in the last decade. More and more companies are now figuring out how to make themselves more efficient by becoming more technologically friendly.

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However, China accepts it to the next extreme with the growing popularity of virtual humans. Some of China’s biggest tech companies use this route, and many wonder if it will affect American jobs.

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What are virtual people?

Virtual people are computer simulations of people, also known as virtual characters or avatars. They combine animation, sound technology, and machine learning to create digitized humans that can interact virtually with humans.

These virtual workers can perform a variety of tasks such as customer service, data entry, and content creation. They can also be used in video games, virtual worlds, simulations, and programmed to interact with people in a variety of ways, such as social media, digital marketing, and other forms of online communication.

China uses 2D and 3D virtual people to help tech companies grow. Some have even emerged as influencers in the American internet space, especially on social media.

How much does it cost to use virtual people?

One of the reasons these virtual people have become so popular over the years is that they cost very little to make. The price range is from $2,800 to $14,300 per year.

Costs continue to come down, as the price tag has dropped 80% since last year. Some experts believe that due to these low costs, virtual people will continue to grow in popularity, and the industry could potentially grow by up to 50% annually through 2025.

The city of Beijing even announced A plan in August 2022 to continue to increase the use of virtual people for companies, with the hope that the industry will be worth 50 billion yen by 2025.

Are virtual people only used in technology companies?

Tech companies are the first to adopt virtual humans, but their presence among other industries is growing rapidly. China already has a plan to put more virtual people to work in broadcasting and production.

They also currently work in various financial services, local tourism offices and state media. Many brands are especially looking for virtual people to represent them and help sell their content.

If more brands use virtual people, they won’t have to worry about getting caught up in human staffing or criminal scandals because everything about them is programmed.

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Should Americans be worried about their jobs?

The rapid growth of virtual people has certainly hit other parts of the world faster than the United States. As I mentioned, the presence of virtual social media influencers is definitely growing on the internet.

In addition, some companies have used virtual reality to regularly train their frontline employees. Some of these companies include JetBlue, Walmart, and MGM Resorts. Many of them found it useful because their companies involved some level of public service.

When it comes to virtual people taking over real people, America isn’t quite there yet.With the arrival of ChatGPT Virtual workers that use artificial intelligence to mimic human thinking could ultimately result in job losses for Americans as some businesses opt to automate specific tasks or outsource them to virtual workers.

Proponents argue that the growth of virtual workers could also lead to the creation of new human jobs related to the development and management of virtual workers.

While the use of virtual workers can provide companies with cost savings and increased efficiency, it is important to consider the potential negative effects. In addition to the obvious human job losses, which can be enormous, virtual workers can create new privacy, misinformation, and liability concerns.

LĀ“HOSPITALET, BARCELONA, SPAIN - 2018/11/30: A young girl is seen preparing to play with virtual reality glasses on Play Station during the Barcelona Games World Expo.

LĀ“HOSPITALET, BARCELONA, SPAIN – 2018/11/30: A young girl is seen preparing to play with virtual reality glasses on Play Station during the Barcelona Games World Expo.
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In general, the impact of virtual workers on the labor market can be complex and multifaceted. It is difficult to make firm predictions about how this will affect American workers. One thing is for sure, you know I will stay on top of this very important topic and bring you the latest developments as I do see how virtual workers and how it will affect you and your family.

What do you think about virtual people? Does this apply to you? Let us know. We would love to hear from you.

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