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Combining Artificial Intelligence with Metaverse – What’s Next?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the scope and vision of virtual reality in a big way.

AI in MetaverseLeaving behind another year as we welcome the dawn of a new year, we can’t refute the fact that the world has experienced the fastest acceleration in technology during the time of global pandemic than any other.

Besides bringing fast developments in many aspects of our lives, we have seen a sudden spike in user activity in the digital world in the last two years.

Riding on this instantaneous spike, multiple investments in virtual reality and augmented reality technologies have come into the forefront that paved the way for the newly coined term Metaverse.

Ushering our imagination beyond the scene, this shared virtual space allows us to interact with virtual objects in real life having real-time data.

Hooking the attention of every tech giant, Metaverse has instantly risen itself to be the hottest topic in the technology world. Amalgamating multiple technologies like VR, blockchain, 3D animation and AI among others, a lot of companies have already expressed their interest to work on creating a load of new services for this new digital world.

However, another emerging technology that is breaking the shackles of intelligence in the digital world is the vast applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the scope and vision of virtual reality in a big way. Integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) in METAVERSE opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for online interactions.

Taking a broader outlook on leveraging AI in METAVERSE, let’s discuss the numerous possibilities we can utilize once both of these collide.

Why Do We Need to Integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Metaverse?

MetaverseBefore diving into the reasons why AI in METAVERSE should be leveraged as a packaged deal, we must have a general idea of what Metaverse is all about.

Though we have discussed Metaverse in detail in my previous article, “Is the Hype Around Facebook’s Metaverse Worth Noticing?”, let’s describe Metaverse in the most basic definition.

Metaverse signifies a virtual environment or world where multiple people can meet, play and collaborate simultaneously.

Since the term originated from the gaming world, Metaverse holds the potential to create new possibilities for everyone, but it will firstly benefit game developers as they normally deal with computer-controlled virtual characters that often interact with other characters just like real people do. Integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) in METAVERSE will revolutionize the unseen possibilities to create more complex and interesting games than ever before.

The combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in METAVERSE that in turn, will be behind the creation of these character, can also benefit those who don’t play many video games.

Let’s take social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as an example. This site plays a similar role to those virtual characters where people use the common platform for interaction and communication instead of playing.

One of the main points that will guarantee the success of the Metaverse is the highly anticipated promise of highly immersive experiences to its users.

And though this can improve the level of social interactions for some people, people with disabilities like visual ones will find it harder to access this future digital world. Not only for that, but people having a low level of digital capabilities can also find themselves out of this new set of experiences. That is why integrating AI in METAVERSE will play a huge role in providing access of everyone into the world of Metaverse.

Potential Applications of AI in Metaverse

AIThough we have already discussed some of the possible use cases of Artificial Intelligence(AI) in METAVERSE, let’s see some of the most talked-about possibilities which are as follows:

  • Creating life-like characters, making interactions with them possible like nothing ever before
  • Managing complex interactions between these virtual characters, that is, there can be an unlimited number of them on screen at the same time
  • Providing AI into game mechanics that allow for smarter and more intelligent player avatars

Right now, we can only imagine some of the case scenarios of how we can leverage AI in METAVERSE to use for several different purposes.

Since some companies are already working on voice recognition software that will allow characters to respond according to what other players say. Also, numerous new ways of moving and controlling characters are getting researched to make ways for a more lifelike image of these characters.

Conclusion

Since we have already talked in length about various data privacy and infringement issues Metaverse raises in my previous article, the combination of AI in METAVERSE will tend to raise some ethical issues too.

It is no doubt that AI will shape the future of the Metaverse, but how much of these will impact our lives are still unclear. And so, companies should firstly work on solving these issues before treading on these new realities.

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Aishwarya Saxena

A book geek, with creative mind, an electronics degree, and zealous for writing.Creativity is the one thing in her opinion which drove her to enter into editing field. Allured towards south Indian cuisine and culture, love to discover new cultures and their customs. Relishes in discovering new music genres.

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