Earlier this year, when we looked at some of the trends that would shape the future of the metaverse in 2023, experts pointed out digital twins – essentially a digital copy of a real-world item – as one of them.
But while some of the hype around the metaverse itself may have died down for the moment, largely overshadowed by recent advances in generative artificial intelligence, digital twin technology is very much here to stay because of its potential, like AI, to be a harbinger of transformation to a variety of sectors.
According to Frank Diana, principal futurist at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), digital twin technology warrants attention in our society today because of the “constant change and uncertainty” we face.
“A digital twin of a city could help local governments prepare and plan for disasters, while a digital twin of a human heart could help doctors predict the impact of new drugs or surgical techniques,” he explains. “Digital twins will save lives, make it easier for businesses to experiment and innovate, and transform many facets of how we live and work.”
Healthcare, research and challenges
Experts have discussed how this technology can shake up networks and manufacturing, while the EU is working to make a digital twin of the Earth to predict climate impacts.
Applications and the way forward
While we wait for the sector to overcome these challenges, there are some interesting ways digital twins are being deployed already, such as in high performance automotive settings.
Source: Silicon Republic