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The Metaverse And The Rise Of Generative Artificial Intelligence: How AI Is Shaping The Future Of Virtual Worlds With the current pace of technological developments, it may be hard to know where to focus your attention.

By Saurabh Singla

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The rise of AI-based metaverses is upon us.

With the current pace of technological developments, it may be hard to know where to focus your attention.

These fast and furious times have seen a succession of breakthroughs and near-daily emergence of new digital services and apps, largely driven by the rise of Generative AI.

Apple's forthcoming Vision Pro mixed reality headset is also signaling that we might be on the edge of an interface revolution, from 2D to fully immersive 3D environments. Many have heard some version of this concept as the metaverse; all-encompassing virtual worlds where users live alternative digital lives, from creativity and entertainment to socializing and doing business.

But what is now unfolding is the intertwining of two groundbreaking technologies - virtual reality and Generative AI - to unlock unimaged potential.

Hinging on this ongoing interaction, the rise of AI-based metaverses is upon us.

Generative AI refers to artificial intelligence models capable of creating new content, such as images, texts, or music. On the path to maximizing these benefits, GAI allows for the application of an innovative approach to virtual worlds where, rather than relying solely on user-generated content, AI steps in as an independent virtual persona, content creator, problem-solver and world builder.

Evolving perspectives will undoubtedly lead to new ways of using the technology to create increasingly realistic, immersive, and highly personalized environments where AI emerges as key to a sustainable evolution.

One metaverse testing the waters is Sensorium Galaxy, the brainchild of Swiss developer Sensorium.

Across its several virtual worlds, each dedicated to different types of content like music, self-exploration and gaming, Sensorium deploys a unique technological stack to develop AI-powered virtual beings capable of demonstrating a type of compelling and creative presence in the metaverse that has not been seen for far.

Sensorium is providing users a brand new experience when it comes to game character creation. Not only do this metaverse's users have full control over the appearance of their virtual personas, they can customize parameters such as personality and biography. This allows digital characters to become a compelling virtual entity and faithful metaverse companion, in a way we haven't seen before.

Based on unprecedented conversational AI and long-term memory skills, Sensorium's avatars are an indelible feature of a new digital era, whether they're performing futuristic music sets, playing the role of faithful virtual companion or as a near-perfect recreation of historical figures.

And just like that, right before our eyes, the innovative practices of events like Burning Man are now being transposed into virtual environments and made widely available to creators.

Recently, the company debuted its version of Mona Lisa powered by artificial intelligence, taking the timeless icon of beauty beyond LeonardoDa Vinci's canvas and taking her as an avatar into the Modern Renaissance, full of futuristic sounds and otherworldly performances. Mona Lisa's avatar can simultaneously deliver DJ sets and develop a profound relationship with her fans.

But in the collision of history, art and technology, Mona Lisa is not alone. She's joining Salvador Dali, another historical character immortalized by Sensorium's AI, in helping enrich user experience and make virtual worlds a time and space-defying experience.

Sensorium Galaxy is one of the first companies to bring AI to new frontiers of AI collaboration and co-creation, playing that out in the environments of a unique metaverse inhabited for the first time by thousands of AI-controlled avatars that can offer realistic interactions, react to user behavior, and engage in meaningful conversations. Ultimately, the technology is meant to offer a path to real relationships between AI entities and human users.

Taking it a step further into unchartered territory, the company is also plotting a digital immortality feature as well as an option for its users to create their own virtual descendants (referred to as "meta-replicants"), generating them from one or a several digital entities, including historical characters.

In the ever-expanding confines of the metaverse, content creation has been rapidly seized as one of the most promising use cases.

With virtual personas now being equipped with unprecedented conversational and creative skills, AI is ushering in a new kind of talent - avatars that can produce music by mixing as many as 60 different genres, dancers that can tap into an endless library of moves to show-off, AI influencers a type of never-befo-reseen reach and AI-driven creators that can produce novel forms of content and craft changing environments for the metaverse.

It's clear that when it comes to blurring the lines between human creativity and the possibilities of an AI brain, virtual creators represent an intriguing development.

Sensorium has latched onto the concept by allowing its users to become the true creators of its virtual worlds, whether as virtual musicians, dancers, painters, builders or influencers. In the future, the platform hopes to host all types of professions arising from the use of its innovative VR and AI tools. Some of these novel positions include virtual experience producers responsible for developing and distributing Extended Reality (XR) shows, AI Talent Managers scouting and promoting AI-driven talent in virtual spaces, and marketing experts dedicated to creating campaigns specifically for AI-based personalities.

Keeping the metaverse fresh and engaging for its users isn't the only challenge that many tech companies are looking to address. Virtual worlds are increasingly leveraging GAI to customize avatars and environments, ensuring that the technology is capable of generating unique and personalized virtual assets based on user preferences and catering to their deepest interests, needs and desires. As such, no two user experiences will ever be the same.

The path ahead for the metaverse appears to be as limitless and promising as the nature of the emerging technologies that help support it. But perhaps only time can unshroud the true implications of building virtual worlds with Generative AI as one of its strongest foundations.

Saurabh Singla

Founder & CEO, CaphIQ.com

Saurabh Singla, Founder, and CEO of CaphIQ, is an Indian Entrepreneur, Active Author, Marketing, and Fundraising Consultant. His breakthrough is primarily from generating millions of digital impressions for Entertainment, & Blockchain Industry, and various Startups.
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