OpenAI is an AI research company that has seen viral fame off the back of DALL-E and then the more recent and profound piece of software, ChatGPT. One senior member of Immutable believes this sort of technology can be important in improving the quality of games.
In a conversation with Cointelegraph, Alex Connolly, Chief Technology Officer of the gaming platform and chain, Immutable, discussed what this newly public AI could mean for the games industry. DALL-E, a visual AI tool saw a number of interesting uses, albeit ones without much impact. However, ChatGPT has shaken the modern world with its potential.
ChatGPT is difficult to summarize, but my best attempt was the following: “The potential of this tool is remarkable; creating written content, auditing code, and summarizing large bodies of text are three common ways it’s being used currently, but that is just scratching the surface of what’s possible.” What’s more interesting and pertinent is that people are already creating basic games using ChatGPT for the code and DALL-E (or a similar visual AI) for the art and assets. This could be seen as a worrying development, but Connolly doesn’t believe it is.
Connolly believes that the Immutable team is looking at OpenAI’s software primarily for art purposes, such as creating variations on an image. What is more interesting is Connolly’s next comments on integrating this AI into the game, rather than using it to develop it.
I think we are really excited about the potential for this technology to create more meaningful counter-play for opponents, so one challenging thing in things like trading card games or things like RPGs is building an AI that is the right degree of difficulty for and is tailored somewhat to the needs of the players. I think we think we can create really deep and immersive, ongoing learning curves for players that sort of match up to where they’re at in the games.”
— Alex Connolly, Chief Technology Officer at Immutable (via Cointelegraph)
In the 49th episode of the Mint One podcast, John and I discussed what ChatGPT could mean for Web3, and there are a lot of implications. What excites me the most, however — and I touch on this in the podcast episode — is how this level of AI can revolutionize gaming. We could see NPCs living full and thoughtful lives, dialogue transformed into an interactive conversation, combat becoming dynamic and unpredictable, and so on.
Blockchain technology will evolve gaming beyond recognition — to where the future’s children will scoff at money and time wasted on old games you owned nothing of. This evolution could run parallel to AI as it transforms game development and gameplay in ways we can scarcely imagine.