In 2020, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) funded, through its Exploratory Research programme, the project “MyDigitalTwin –Trusted Personal Digital Twins in a Transformed Society”.
Personal Digital Twins are the digital representation of natural people and are already widely used in industry to include, for example, behavioural models of individual customers of online services. Other well-known applications areas are in the medical (personal medicine) and automotive domains.
MyDigitalTwin (MyDT) aimed to explore how to utilize, supervise, and control the rapidly growing generation of personal data via PDTs, and the role of PDTs in understanding com-plex/fast societal dynamics. Notably, this investigative study explored the challenges related to ethics and privacy, and the opportunities to move the existing PDT frameworks from a Business-to-Customer (B2C) to a Government-to-Citizen (G2C) context.
Generally, PDTs are generated by those organizations that own and control the necessary in-formation (and authorizations) to replicate a person in the digital world. Today, several enterprises make fruitful use of the Digital Twin interaction paradigm and PDTs by developing data-intensive techniques. The concept of Digital Twins has demonstrated, at least in industry and marketing so far, its ability to drastically simplify information collection and sharing, making it instantly available to all relevant and authorized stakeholders.You can read the full report here