Somnium Space is a virtual reality world and open-source platform where players can buy land, build, explore and trade.
In an interview with Motherboard, Sychov said a user has already started to integrate OpenAI's chatbot into his metaverse, creating a virtual assistant that offers a faster pathway for the development of "Live Forever" mode, which is Sychov's project that aims to allow grieving humans to engage with their loved ones in a realistic way after they die.
If you save your voice, movement patterns and personality traits onto "Live Forever" mode, an AI chatbot will allow your surviving relatives to have a conversation with you in the metaverse after your death.
Artific, a user who has built various worlds in Somnium Space and rents out some of his space to other people who are developing their own online experiences, was the user who put ChatGPT in play within the virtual world.
ChatGPT, or Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is a chatbot launched by OpenAI in November 2022. It is built on top of OpenAI's GPT-3 family of large language models and is fine-tuned with both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques.
The moment of revelation came when Artific asked ChatGPT how it could integrate the AI bot into Somnium Space. The virtual robot then provided a rough plan of attack. Artific then tweaked and finalized the plan.
During a recent Zoom call, Sychov had a conversation with an avatar powered by AI in front of a Motherboard reporter. Some of the virtual robot's answers were rather mechanical such as "Hello there, I'm doing well. How can I help you today?" However, the bot was also able to describe where "the lobby of the OMG Multiverse was and what it saw at the metaverse at the time of the conversation. It said, "Around me, I can see a variety of people exploring the lobby, a bar, some arcade games, a wide selection of drivable vehicles and a beautiful view of Earth from Space." And when Sychov asked the robot how his avatar looked, the robot responded, "Your avatar looks absolutely amazing. You look fashionable."
Sychov said AI is progressing extremely fast – way faster than anticipated.
However, the tech expert admitted that their work is far from complete. The online bots are able to learn contextually through conversation and then retain the information, but Sychov noted that chatbots have some version of "short-term memory."
So, the next step will be working on how to adequately store all the data recordings, Sychov stated. This is needed in order for the virtual AI robots to have a conversation at a speed that feels natural to humans while they are sorting through the data they have compiled in their memory. But the tech chief is positive that the implementation of artificial intelligence could be easier in the metaverse than in the real world because, according to him, there is a massive amount of data available for the robots to ingest.
"It's a perfect condition for AI because it can learn from every digital object instantly," Sychov said.
The integration of AI into Somnium Space extends beyond talking to dead people. Both the tech chief and the platform user claimed that there is also the potential to alter the AI robot's personality. They said a user can change the chatbot's behavior into an optimistic robot or to someone with a dry sense of humor.
Moreover, in the near future, people will be able to ask a question to the bots and complete a task such as building or painting a wall. They will hop to it immediately with no digital request necessary. (Related: Top 4 realms where technology has been used to chronically DAMAGE humanity: Television, AI, social media, mRNA.)
Watch this video of a user engaging ChatGPT and its subsequent responses, both intelligent and nonsensical.
This video is from the Open Scroll channel on Brighteon.com.