What role will artificial intelligence (AI) play in this as different visions emerge for the future digital world known as the metaverse? Will it improve inclusivity or contribute to an even more discriminatory digital world?
The term “metaverse” is primarily used to refer to an anticipated future iteration of the Internet, often referred to as Web 3.0. This evolution of the Internet should lead to the emergence of 3D or virtually integrated online environments. The users have access to virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. Many companies are already creating services for this new digital world. Even tech giant Facebook has changed its name to Meta.
All of this shows that the metaverse is striving to become the next great consumer technology. Much has been written about the role of blockchain in the metaverse. This is partly due to the enormous hype surrounding the NFT. But what about the intersection of the metaverse and artificial intelligence or AI? The few lines that follow talk about it.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Metaverse
AI can play a relevant role in the future of the metaverse, not just from a product perspectivebut also taking into account how she could make the metaverse more inclusive†
Includes user interfaces
One of the keys to the metaverse’s potential success is: the promise of highly immersive experiences† It has the ability to enhance social interactions. But this can be a huge block for People with Disabilities access to this future digital world. In addition, people with a low level of digital skills can find themselves from this new economy and social experience.
AI must play a fundamental role in guarantee that everyone has access to the metaverse† This would be the image recognition for people with a visual impairment, automatic translation or so brain-computer interfaces for the most vulnerable†
IAOps (Artificial Intelligence Operations Systems)
According to Coinbase, the platform needed to support the metaverse must always be active and highly scalable† In such a demanding scenario, AIOps will play a relevant role to: manage all necessary infrastructure. This includes hardware, basic software and communications.
As a reminder, IAOps is: the combination of “big data and machine learning” to automate IT processes, including event correlation, anomaly detection and causality determination”. The availability of these capabilities will be essential to robustness of the metaverse infrastructure. It will also be used to provide information on activities relevant to the upper echelons.
Improved smart contracts
The metaverse promises to allow creators and users easily exchange digital assets and rights† It will protect property while disintermediating it from major tech companies. But will this promise come true?
For example, Adidas has launched its first NFT† Purchases are limited to 2 per person. But the sale ended in less than a second. And a single person could buy 330 of them in a single transaction. Is this really the future of? democratization of the internet † Yes, power can shift from the big corporations. But it doesn’t seem like it’s up to the people, just a few, in this case with software skills.
In this case, enhanced smart contracts, AI integrationcould help identify such scenarios. Transaction related infrastructure information could be used to detect this kind of “undemocratic” activity.
AI for immersive digital worlds
One of the best examples of this set of technologies is: NVIDIA’s Omniverse† The set of components that this platform provides to create digital worlds and simulate real worlds is simply impressive.
From building and simulation of huge worlds to virtual environments for testing autonomous robots/AIs to AI speech technologies, NVIDIA technologies are: a great example of how AI will be key to creating digital spaces in which social interactions will take place in the metaverse.
AI as a creative partner
The latest natural language processing models have opened the door to using AI as a creative partner. This generates a creative writing based on user input† AI can generate creative writing, but also realistic photos from textual descriptions or very simple drawings. This is the case with technologies such as: PLATE Where GauGAN2 from NVIDIA.
Accurate avatar creation
Users are at the center of the metaverse and the accuracy of your avatar will be decisive quality of experience† An artificial intelligence engine can analyze 2D user images or 3D scans to provide a very realistic simulated view†
He can then trace different facial expressions, emotions, hairstyles and more. in front of make the avatar more dynamic† To create avatars for the metaverse, many companies resort to artificial intelligence, just to mention Ready Player Me. In addition, Meta already has its own version of the technology.
AI to improve social networks in the metaverse
One of the main goals of the metaverse is: improve the social media experiencein strengthening the digital self and digital personalization† If this allows each user’s experience to be unique in both the digital world and the real world, so will the inclusion and security challenges for minorities and children† How can AI improve social media in the metaverse?
Efforts have already been made to create more inclusive and safe experiences for minority groups in social networks. Some focus on prevention of abuse and hate speech† Others focus on calculating the relevance of content to minority groups.
These are just a few ideas on how AI can help create differential and inclusive experiences in the metaverse. We will see from many creative use cases in the future†
The challenges of AI in the metaverse
It is important to keep in mind that the metaverse is a new field of research and exploitation. The implementation of AI can therefore encounter problems. There may be questions about:
- The properties of AI-created content : Who owns the copyright and can benefit from AI-created VR content and worlds?
- Deepfakes and user transparency : How do you make sure users know they are interacting with AI and not other people? How to avoid deep counterfeits and fraud?
- Fair use of AI and ML: Can users legally apply AI/ML technologies to metaverse interactions? For example, can they use the AI code to win games?
- the right to use the data for training AI models : How can we ethically train AI for the metaverse? What are the consent mechanisms involved?
- Liability for AI Bias : If a digital human or similar AI algorithm is biased, what recourse is there?
At the end of the day, without AI it will be difficult to create an engaging metaverse experience, authentic and scalable. That’s why companies like Meta work closely with think tanks and ethical groups to: mitigate the risks of AI without limiting the technology’s potential† See also our dossier on the dangers inherent in the metavers.
Supercomputers, AI and the Metaverse
A supercomputer is a very high performance computer† This performance far exceeds any consumer laptop or desktop available. So it can be used for: processing large amounts of data and extract the most important information. These computers can perform the most complex computer operations.
The market for supercomputers is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate of approximately 9.5% from 2021 to 2026† The increasing adoption of cloud computing and cloud technologies will fuel this growth, as will the need for systems that can ingest larger data sets to train and operate AI.
The industry has exploded in recent years, with historic achievements sparking the public eye. In addition, companies around the world are striving to perform better and outperform the competition on their own supercomputing projects†
The end of January, meta announced on social media that it would develop an AI supercomputer. According to this company, one day it will… fastest supercomputer in the world† The goal of this tool is to run the next generation of AI algorithms. The first phase of its creation has already been completed. And by the end of 2022, the second phase should be completed.
What does this mean for the future of AI?
Meta promised a a large number of revolutionary applications of his supercomputerfrom super-fast gaming to instant and seamless translation of staggering amounts of text, images and video at once. Think of a group of people who speak different languages at the same time and can communicate seamlessly.
It can also be used for analyze massive amounts of images or videos looking for harmful content, or to identify a face among a large crowd of people. The computer will also play a key role in the development of next-generation AI models. It will power the metaverse and provide a foundation on which future metaverse technologies can build.
But the implications of all this power mean there are… serious ethical considerations for using Meta’s supercomputerand more generally for supercomputers.
Ethics and AI
New technologies always need social conversations about how they should be used† Supercomputers are no different in this regard.
Although AI has solved some important and complex problems in the world, there are still some shortcomings. These errors are not caused by AI algorithms. Rather they are the direct result of entering data into AI systems† If the data fed into the systems is biased, then: the result of an AI calculation is bound to this bias†
The era of AI also raises important questions about human privacy and the confidentiality of our thoughts† To allay these concerns, we need to think seriously about our interaction with AI. When examining the ethical structures of AI, one must ensure that its use is transparent, explicable, impartial and accountable. Do not hesitate to consult our file on human rights in the metaverse.