The Metaverse is one of the most significant rising technologies right now. In fact, the Metaverse is making such a stir in the virtual world that the social media behemoth Facebook even changed its official name to Meta to reflect the importance of the new universe.
AI is likely to play a vital role in the inclusivity and accessibility of the Metaverse, making it more functional and user-friendly. But how are these technologies shaping up to change the face of the internet and business in general?
What Is the Metaverse?
The Metaverse is essentially an entire virtual universe simulating elements of the real world. It uses various technologies such as:
- Artificial intelligence
- Virtual reality
- Augmented reality
- 3D animation
The Metaverse is an extension of Web3 – a rewiring of how the internet currently works. The Metaverse and Web3 rely on blockchain technology, which changes how information is stored and owned. Advocates for the tech claim it will create new economies and products where the power is returned to the people.
The Layers of the Metaverse
There are seven layers typical of a Metaverse:
- Creator economy
- Spatial computing
- Human interface
How Is AI Working Alongside the Metaverse?
AI allows computers to make independent decisions primarily through machine learning. AI supports the functions of the Metaverse from a business and product perspective but also regarding inclusivity and accessibility. Let’s look at some ways AI interacts with the Metaverse.
AI uses facial recognition software and other technologies to make accurate and realistic avatars for users. AI can also process a user’s mannerisms, facial expressions, and nonverbal cues to create a more accurate user experience.
Digital Humans and NPCs
In addition to making realistic avatars for Metaverse users, AI helps generate realistic digital humans, often referred to as non-player characters (NPCs) in video games. NPCs interact with users in the Metaverse as if they were real people.
AI makes way for the Metaverse to be better able to process language. With AI technology recognizing the natural language and converting it into a machine-language format before processing results back into the natural language, users all over the globe can interact with the Metaverse.
Natural language processing (NLP) also gives avatars in the Metaverse the ability to use natural-sounding language.