5 Ways AI is Used in the Metaverse
We live in a world that is advancing in terms of technology. A recent survey by McKinsey showed that at least 50% of the world’s companies use AI. Another study by Deloitte noted that 40% of most business entities had planned on using AI in the future.
AI plays a vital role in the consumer-facing application. It provides instant consumer service in terms of mobile services, faster computing, and creating a fast interaction between the creator and the user.
When metaverse was introduced it was only a matter of time before AI began operating in the virtual worlds.
They have the capability of storing a large amount of data and at a high speed. Also, they can help create an authentic sense of touch as well as aid in voice-enabled navigation.
There is an expectation of the metaverse using the two worlds, that is, Augmented and Virtual Reality in conjunction with blockchain and artificial intelligence to transform virtual reality into a more sophisticated technology.
The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Metaverse
Before we look at how the two technologies relate, let’s look at the metaverse to get a clear understanding of how the two will work.
Metaverse is essentially the merging of virtual, augmented, and physical reality. The word metaverse was first introduced by a science fiction novelist known as Neil Stephenson in the early 90s.
Later, companies such as Second Life, Decentraland, Microsoft, and the most recent Meta, joined in the development of the metaverse.
Meta which was initially Facebook is a company that is well known for the use of AI and the creation of AI algorithms. Their research teams are working on several projects which include; speech processing, robotics interactions, whole-body pose estimation, computer vision just to name a few.
If all the projects they are working on are successful, Meta’s future in the metaverse will have a positive impact.
5 Ways AI is Used in the Metaverse
Metaverse can work independently even without AI. But a combination of the two will bring a new world of fun and opportunities to the metaverse. But how will this be achieved?
Better Avatar Creation
When playing a video game, there are unique qualities that make you pick a certain character. You want a character that has the latest gears, ready to engage anything.
In the metaverse, you will also require the best of these characters. An AI can analyze 2D user images and create what you wish your avatar character to be like.
It can input facial expressions, hairstyle, emotion, and other external features brought about by the physical appearances of a person like the age to make your avatar as real as possible.
A company like Ready Player Me is working on developing AI that will be used in the metaverse. In June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company intended on adding metaverse to their technology.
Digital humans are AI-powered human beings that offer a combination of both AI and humans. They can create a unique and dynamic experience for virtual world users.
They are created entirely from AI technology and are vital in the shaping of the metaverse.
AI in the metaverse can play various roles, they can be your automated VR assistant, create human emotion in your avatar, and also be your brand ambassadors.
Digital humans use AI to process information like language. An AI can listen to a speech, analyze it and convert it to an understandable language.
Also, they can assist in solving a problem by listening to your issue and providing you with the solution.
Another awesome feature it has is that it can convert the speech to any language which allows the players in the metaverse to communicate and play without any language barrier.
The Expansion of the Virtual Reality
Now, this is where things get more interesting! We all know that AI can store larger amounts of data. If for instance it is fed with historical data or events, it analyzes the data and tries to replicate the same event or data but in a more sophisticated and accurate way.
With every data that it is fed, it will get better at analyzing and creating new VR environments. Eventually, it will be able to solve problems almost as humans.
Companies like NVIDIA are training and inputting commands on their AI so that they can create VR worlds.
This new move will play an important role in the metaverse world expansion without the aid of humans.
AI also provides a link of communication and interaction between computers and humans. If you put your headsets on and go into the metaverse, The AI can automatically sense from your behavior and previous patterns how you would like to move.
When gaming, AI can create a sense of touch allowing players to experience the real world. Also, they can be created to have a voice recognition feature that allows you to give commands and navigate the metaverse without using your hands.
Challenges Faced by Artificial Intelligence in the Metaverse.
The development of metaverse and AI are still on their primal stage and not many people fully understand the technology. With that said, some questions may arise. Questions such as;
1.AI Content ownership
In some cases, issues to do with the copyrights may arise. Which Begs the question: who has the right to ownership of content in the metaverse?
2. Users Privacy
How do you assure your users that they are communicating with an AI and not just a fellow human?
Can you assure your users they are playing a fair game and no one has been handed over the AI codes to win the game?
If a player has committed an offense. What is the course of action for that user?
Lastly, it is hard to have the experience of your life in the metaverse without the aid of an AI. Features like natural language processing, creating human emotion, and navigating the metaverse without using your hand would be next to impossible. And it is for these reasons that a company like Meta is investing in AI.