We all have a digital presence. Can we harness this into a cohesive system that allows us greater access to who an individual is, a digital twin (DT)? From this we could create a means to project what an individuals challenges or issues would be before they occur in real life.  DTs, validated on a large number of individuals and on a variety of physical activities, could be used to predict and enhance individual physical performance, increase training effectiveness, and predict and prevent injuries. They can also be used to study ‘what-if’ scenarios such as evaluating the performance benefits of selective strengthening of key muscles, new equipment, and how well a group would work together.

The digital twin could use the internet of things to collect data about the persons daily progression, initial 3D laser scans/motion capture to baseline person, capture all digital medical records that would be incorporated into a single cohesive package about the person. We have sufficient storage to capture all of a persons MRI, X-ray, CAT scans for instance.

Using large data analytics one could forecast health, identify how a person learns, what they enjoy (dislike), best methods to train, etc.. The 3D model of the persons personal physical data could be turned into a high fidelity FEM for prognostics and diagnostics, developing personal clothing and armor design, cockpit layout, seats characteristics, and a host of other Human Systems Integration efforts (aka what is the persons max cognitive intelligence, how they like to work with digital systems, and what layout would best work with the specific person).

A digital twin has a lot of potential (and a lot of negative potential if used maliciously).


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