As different visions of the future digital world known as the meta-verse emerge, what role will artificial intelligence (AI) play in it? Will it improve inclusiveness or, on the contrary, help create an even more discriminatory digital world?
The term “metaverse” is used primarily to refer to an expected future iteration of the Internet, often referred to as Web 3.0. This development of the Internet should see the emergence of 3D or virtually integrated online environments. Its users will be able to access virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. Many companies are already working on creating services for this new digital world. Even the technology giant Facebook has changed its name to Meta.
All of this shows that the meta-verse aims to become the next big consumer technology. Much has been written about the role of blockchains in the meta-verse. In part, this is due to the huge hype about NFT. But what about the intersection of metavers and artificial intelligence or AI? The few lines that follow talk about it.
Artificial intelligence (AI) in the meta-verse
AI can play a relevant role in the future of the metaverse, not only from a product perspectivebut also considering how she could make the metaverse more spacious.
Including user interfaces
One of the keys to the metaverse’s potential success is the promise of very immersive experiences. It has the ability to enhance social interactions. But this can be a huge blockage People with disabilities access to this future digital world. In addition, people with low levels of digital skills may find themselves out of this new economy and social experience.
AI should play a fundamental role in guarantee everyone’s access to the meta-verse. This could offer image recognition for visually impaired people, automatic translation or some brain-computer interfaces for the most vulnerable.
IAOps (Artificial Intelligence Operations Systems)
According to Coinbase, the platform needed to support the meta-verse should always be active and massively scalable. In such a demanding scenario, AIOps will play a relevant role too manage all the necessary infrastructure. This includes hardware, basic software and communications.
As a reminder, IAOps the combination of “big data and machine learning to automate IT operations processes, including incident correlation, anomaly detection and causality determination ”. The availability of these capabilities will be crucial to ensure the robustness of the metaverse infrastructure. It will also be used to provide information on activities relevant to the upper echelons.
Improved smart contracts
Metaverse promises to allow creators and users easily exchange digital assets and rights. It will protect property while remedying it from big technology 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 was able to buy 330 of them in a single transaction. Is this really the future of democratization of the Internet ? Yes, power can move away from big business. But it does not seem to be up to the people, only the few, in this case with software skills.
In this case, improved smart contracts that integrate AIcould help identify such scenarios. Transaction-related infrastructure information could be used to track this type 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 offers for creating digital worlds and simulating real worlds is simply impressive.
From building and simulation of massive worlds for virtual environments for testing autonomous robots / AIs for AI voice technologies, NVIDIA technologies a great example of how artificial intelligence will be the key to creating digital spaces where social interactions will take place in the metaverse.
AI as a creative partner
The latest natural language processing models have opened the door to the use of AI as a creative partner. This generates one creative writing based on user input. AI can generate creative writing, but also realistic images from text descriptions or very simple drawings. This is the case with technologies like PLATE Where GauGAN2 from NVIDIA.
Accurate avatar creation
Users are at the center of the metaverse and the accuracy of your avatar will determine experience quality. An artificial intelligence engine can analyze 2D user images or 3D scans to offer a very realistic simulated rendering.
He can then track a variety of facial expressions, emotions, hairstyles and more. to make the avatar more dynamic. To create avatars for the meta-verse, many companies resort to artificial intelligence, to name just Ready Player Me. In addition, Meta is already on its own version of the technology.
AI to improve social networking in the meta-verse
One of the main purposes of the metaverse is enhance the experience on social mediain strengthening the digital self and digital personalization. If this will allow each user’s experience to be unique in the digital world as in the real world, it will also raise challenges in relation to inclusion and security for minorities and children. How can AI improve social media in the metaverse?
Some efforts are already in place 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 for minority groups.
These are just a few ideas on how AI can help create differentiated and inclusive experiences in the meta-verse. 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 meta-verse is a new area of research and exploitation. Thus, the implementation of AI may 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 prevent deep counterfeiting and fraud?
- Reasonable use of AI and ML: Can users legally use AI / ML technologies for metaverse interactions? For example, can they use the AI code to win games?
- that right to use the data for training AI models : How can we ethically train AI for the meta-verse? What are the consent mechanisms involved?
- Responsibility for AI bias : If a digital human or similar AI algorithm shows bias, what resort is there then?
Eventually, without AI it will be difficult to create an engaging metavers experience, authentic and scalable. That is why companies like Meta work closely with think tanks and ethical groups to contain the risks of artificial intelligence without limiting the potential of technology. See also our dossier on the dangers associated with the metaverse.
Supercomputers, AI and Metaverse
A supercomputer is one computer with a very high level of performance. This performance far exceeds any available laptop or desktop consumer. It can thus be used for process large amounts of data and extract key information. These computers can perform the most complex computer operations.
The supercomputer market is expected to grow by approx compound annual growth rate of approximately 9.5% from 2021 to 2026. The increasing use of cloud computing and cloud technologies will accelerate this growth, and so will the need for systems that can consume larger datasets to train and operate AI.
The industry has exploded in recent years with landmark achievements that have helped arouse public interest. In addition, companies around the world are striving to surpass and surpass the competition on their own supercomputer projects.
At the end of January, Meta announced on social media that they would develop an AI supercomputer. According to this company, it will one day be fastest supercomputer in the world. The purpose 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 artificial intelligence?
Meta promised one many revolutionary uses of its supercomputer, from lightning-fast play to instant and hassle-free translation of astonishing 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 smoothly.
It could also be used for analyze huge 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 drive the meta-verse and provide a foundation on which future meta-verse technologies can build.
But the implications of all this power mean that there is serious ethical considerations when using Meta’s supercomputerand for supercomputers more generally.
Ethics and AI
New technologies have always required community talks on how to use them. 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. They are rather direct result of data entered into AI systems. If the data entered into the systems has a bias, then the result of an AI calculation is bound to carry this bias.
The AI era also brings important questions about human privacy and the confidentiality of our thoughts. To address these concerns, we need to seriously consider our interaction with AI. When examining the ethical structures of AI, one must ensure that its use is transparent, explicable, impartial and responsible. Do not hesitate to consult our file on human rights in the meta-verse.