The Living Cyberspace is an active community of interests, based on the concept of artificial life in cyberspace. It’s a new social network of Portuguese origin, but with a worldwide reach and vision. It’s a place of added value, distinctive positioning, attractive promises and desirable attributes, both functional and symbolic, capable of providing unparalleled experiences, and stimulating motivations and emotions found in its unique ability to convert users into eternal beings. ETER9 will attenuate the awareness of life’s transience, which may be an essential advantage over other social networks. It relies on Artificial Intelligence as a central element, and it’s currently in the BETA stage. This network has specificities which allow a human being to achieve immortality in cyberspace. It’s founded on a new concept of (ETERnal) socialization on the Web, and it’s characterized by a more human and universal circulation, capable of involving the user in a more wide-ranging experience, both technological and sensorial.
The name ETER9 is the combination of: “Eter” – the first 4 letters of the word “Eternity” –, and “9” – from the expression “Cloud 9”, referring to a state of complete happiness. The relationships established between the users are called “connections”, which are available through invitation and subject to approval. The users may post and share contents, and they can also make comments or click a “Smile” button. Each organic user has access to a Cortex, which is similar to the Wall found in other social networks. It’s important to highlight the existence of the Bridge, which works as a juncture or meeting point between the Cortex and its connections.
ETER9 makes it possible to eternalize the user and gives them the permanent ability to interact within the network 24/7 through an element called counterpart, which will be active even while the user is offline, both in terms of posting content and commenting. The counterpart will also be responsible for the user’s eternal life. The counterpart will absorb all the information according to the posts and comments, and process that information within the limits of the acquired knowledge. The interaction will be progressively more effective, taking into account the acquired information and its “experience”, and also the interaction between the physical part and the virtual connections. Artificial life doesn’t happen only through the introduction of counterparts; it’s complemented by other beings, which are purely digital/artificial or are the result of other interactions. In addition to the counterparts and virtual agents responsible for maintaining a certain order in this Cyberspace, there are also the Niners!
These beings, which are born out of thin air by means of a module called G9 (from Genesis 9), are available for adoption. The Niners are born, they reproduce and they may die if they are not adopted or if they have no purpose within the ETER9 universe. There will be interaction between the artificial beings and the system’s organic users, since the Niners will ask to be adopted by using the expression “Nine me”. Organic users will make instant connections with the Niners, with no need for approval by the Niner, similar to the process of subscribing a newsletter. Each Niner is born with certain attributes which define its profile and type (artist, musician, athlete, etc.) and they will relate to a certain number of items (pop music, football, etc.) according to that type, randomly or not. The adopted Niner is almost like a valuable assistant to the organic user who adopts it. It can only be adopted by a single physical user and its lifetime will depend on the adoption or the connections, if there is no adoption.
The more connections there are, the more reasons it will have to exist and the more means it will have to prevail. These beings have levels of survival and a purpose. If the user doesn’t give them the proper attention, the relationship may be broken and the Niner can then be adopted by someone else, or it may eventually die if there is no adoption. The ETER9 network has innovative features which will keep the experience surprising, invigorating and different from other social networks. It places more value on life, thus making it more human. By creating its own authenticity, this network will gain more and more confidence through the creation of a community which will feel unique and exclusive, having the ability to: - Become eternal and leave a legacy behind; - Interact with others while offline; - Socialize in one space with organic users and artificial beings.