I would like to see avatars move back and forth between virtual worlds and augmented reality. I want voice-interactive NPC chatbots in augmented reality. I would like to see a *platform* where anyone can launch their own embodied #Siri or #Watson; ideally, this would be some kind of pluggable middleware, where people could mix and match any cloud intelligence, or API, with a myriad of customizable 3D animations ala Second Life.
Examples of currently available research avatar systems include:
See also my recent Quora answer to: