Artificial Intelligence and the Metaverse: Fears of the Future or Present?

A system that meets all three requirements and is thus used to maximize a company's profits could use available data to advise and channel tastes and ideas, but then, by accessing global patterns and random relationships, could create what the authors refer to as 'useful idiots,' or virtual influencers, consumer lobbies that convey the desired message and influence the market.

With the rate at which artificial intelligence is integrating into our lives, there is no doubt that it will not end soon. Rather, the future appears to be a society that will only exist and thrive thanks to artificial intelligence. Experts believe that by 2030, specialized AI applications will be more common and useful, improving our economy and quality of life. The metaverse, on the other hand, already has us wrapped in its not-so-small fingers. From Facebook to Instagram, virtual reality, Whatsapp, and many other platforms, it is quite predictable that its empire will only expand further by 2030.

Dangers exist at the current level as well, and the authors believe that three conditions must be met for an AI to exist.

  1. That it already has an impact on the world in some way,
  2. That it is capable of discovering and utilizing causal relationships in order to achieve its goal, and
  3. That it has access to a relevant world model in order to conduct causal discovery

Today’s AI systems are either industrial robots or self-driving vehicles, high-performance algorithmic systems like GPT-3, or ‘help’ systems that guide our purchasing decisions or opinions in social settings. As a result, at least the first of the aforementioned conditions have already been partially implemented.

Both humans and AI exhibit random reasoning, though the latter lacks the ability to distinguish between random relations and correlations, which humans do. AI requires data and experimentation, which explains why the Metaverse could be a remarkably useful field of experimentation, as the influx of data and ‘events’ would provide remarkable guides to so-called random discovery, significantly contributing to increasing and improving algorithmic performance and facilitating the business of operators and companies.

AI Predictions for 2030

According to a Harvard University report, the following eight areas of human activity are already affecting urban life and will become even more pervasive by 2030: transportation, home/service robots, health care, education, entertainment, low-resource communities, public safety and security, employment, and the workplace will be fully AI-enabled spaces. Some of the most difficult challenges in the next 15 years will be developing safe and dependable hardware for self-driving cars and healthcare robots; gaining public trust in AI systems, particularly in low-resource communities; and overcoming fears that the technology will marginalize humans in the workplace. There have been numerous breakthroughs in data analytics.

Watson, an IBM set of algorithms, has been very impressive in terms of managing large amounts of data and ways of structuring the data so that patterns that would not have emerged otherwise can be seen. That was a significant step. However, people frequently confuse that leap with machine intelligence and the way we think about intelligence in humans, which is simply not true. So, while the recent advances in data analytics are significant, they also leave a lot of room for humans to assist these systems. As a result, the collaboration of humans and artificial intelligence technologies is the wave of the future.

How Far Will the Metaverse Advance by 2030?

When fully realized, the metaverse promises to provide true-to-life sights, sounds and even smells, such as a tour of ancient Greece or a visit to a Seoul café, all from the comfort of your own home. The at-home traveler, outfitted with full-spectrum VR headsets, smart clothing, and tactile-responsive haptic gloves, can touch the Parthenon in Athens or taste the rich foam of a Korean dalgona coffee. You wouldn’t even need to be yourself. Members of the metaverse could prowl the Brazilian rainforest as a jaguar or take the court as LeBron James at Madison Square Garden. Your imagination is the only limit.

It is also expected that the metaverse will be able to create a customized and enhanced reality for each person by combining physical and behavioral biometrics, emotion recognition, sentiment analysis, and personal data. While the metaverse industry is rapidly expanding, fueled by the pandemic that has kept people at home, it remains to be seen whether one company, such as Google, will eventually emerge as the dominant force, as it does among search engines. One advantage of this trend is that because it is a virtual platform, the chances of people getting physically hurt are reduced, and it will also encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things.

The only lingering question on this subject will be the legal implications of the metaverse. For example, whether or not a marriage in the metaverse is legal, or how someone who is assaulted in the metaverse will be punished. With the virtual avatar trend, there is a high risk of a false identity or identity theft, making it difficult to identify the right person and their physical address. This should be a major concern for all countries, as well as their legislative and criminal divisions.

The metaverse is important because it provides an experimental platform for AI to conduct experiments to discover causal relationships, which can then be used to plan sequences of actions in the physical world. However, the Metaverse’s role may be even more crucial. Companies’ intention is to move more and more human activities into this virtual world, and we may end up in a situation where the Metaverse is, to some extent, the world. Those who govern this Metaverse, whether corporations or an artificial intelligence system, have complete control over all avatar actions and how the (virtual) world responds to those actions.”


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