As a watchtower for the future of human society, science fiction literature occupies an extremely important position in the entire history of human technology development and modern literature. Combined with the digital economy business model, once again leading the development of the Metaverse and the digital cultural and creative industries, the Metaverse Force Engine will be reloaded.
In the science fiction novel "Snow Crash", American author Neil Stephenson created the "metaverse". Since then, the metaverse has gradually developed and evolved, from the "Oasis Dream" in the movie "Ready Player One" to the "Parallel World Imagination" that has been promoted by Zuckerberg many times, and the sci-fi masterpiece "Three-Body" by Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It created a "three-body" hyper-reality VR game of the same name, allowing the protagonist to experience the extraordinary evolution in another world，and in the VR game world that one day is ten thousand years in fact.
As the origin of the metaverse, the connotation of science fiction works is constantly enriched, covering many technical fields, and constantly subverting and exploring people's cognition. From the perspective of the origin of the Metaverse and its forward-looking leadership, science fiction is well-deserved as the force engine for the development of the Metaverse, but from another perspective, how can the Metaverse promote the peak of human imagination - the leap-forward development of the ecology of science fiction works? . We try to have open discussions and pioneering project analysis sharing from an industry perspective.
1. Combining Sci-Fi and Industry
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reports that in the first six months of 2022, the wordmetaverseappeared in regulatory filings more than 1,100 times. The previous year saw 260 mentions. The preceding two decades? Fewer than a dozen in total.
When it comes to the metaverse, there are many different opinions. Some people think that the metaverse is to focus on VR and AR to build a completely virtualized digital world, so as to obtain a better immersive experience.
Figure1. Metaverse - Illustration by Micah Johnson for TIME
"The Metaverse is roughly equal to the mixture of the real world and the mind," said Philip Torr, an academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering. "The world's cutting-edge AI and the Metaverse promote each other, and there have been many related implementation cases."
"The metaverse is the materialization of artificial intelligence in the real world, and it is an important part of the real world and the real economy," said Tod, an academician of the Australian Academy of Sciences.
"The metaverse is a revolutionary change in the form of human social existence." Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon said that in the future, people's activities in the digital world will be directly converted into real-world harvests.
Different from "building a completely virtualized digital world", the metaverse that the experts we have come into contact with is inseparable from the real scene and the real economy, which makes the "metaverse" even more in the race to be pursued. Calm and objective.
We believe that the development of the sci-fi ecological industry is inseparable from industrial support and participation, especially in several key industries, such as "AI artificial intelligence", "AR/VR/XR and immersive computing", "Web3.0/Blockchain/Crypto Industry", "Digital Content and Media Industry", "AI Chip/Graphics Core Processor Industry", "AR/VR Glasses and Virtual Reality Hardware Equipment Industry", and then to The wider Digital Economy.
2. AI Painting-The Breakthrough Quadrant
On September 6, in the digital category of the Colorado State Fair Art Competition in the United States, a painting "Théâtre D'opéra Spatial" created by AI software won the first prize. Differently, the painting was created by game designer Jason Allen through the AI drawing tool Midjourney, and later edited by Photoshop, which caused widespread doubts and controversy among the artists.
Figure2. Théâtre D'opéra Spatial
One school believes that this painting was created by AI, has no soul, and cannot be compared with paintings created by humans; the other school believes that AI has been able to create creative works that meet human aesthetics.
YieldDAO Labs believes that this is a big step in the development of AI technology breakthrough quadrant. From a technical point of view, AI has broadened the field of art creation, and the integration with digital creation products has also enhanced the sense of immersion. In addition, from the perspective of human cultural development, the threshold for creation has been lowered, allowing more people to create art, which is the positive effect of AI on the art market. Of course, artist creation will remain irreplaceable.
On September 7, Forbes News reported that Stability AI, an artificial intelligence painting company, is negotiating a new round of financing, hitting a valuation of $1 billion. From an investment point of view, $1 billion is a watershed, past that line to be called a "unicorn." In 2017, there were only more than 200 unicorns in the world. If there is no accident in this negotiation, the first unicorn with AI painting will appear, opening up a new artificial intelligence track.
DALL-E, which was the first to lead this wave of AI painting, came from OpenAI; and Midjourney, which was used to draw illustrations in magazines; and Imagen, a painting platform released by Google, which is not yet open to the public; and Stability AI created a painting platform Stable Diffusion already has a considerable user base.
In the future, AI painting will become a basic tool that everyone can use. Before it truly becomes a basic tool for free use, can AI companies launch new applications and create more novel gameplay to create higher competition Barriers, these are a big test for the above-mentioned AI startups.
If it is just a simple application of AI painting, the biggest possibility is that it will be acquired by a big cloud platform, and then provide its basic functions to its users at a low price or even free of charge. Therefore, the combination of AI painting and SC science fiction, animation, and film and television industries will greatly improve the Probability is the independent development direction of these emerging business unicorns
We judge that the rise of AI painting and the exploration of commercialization indicate that this round of digital technology represented by artificial intelligence has entered a stage of development.
3. AI Writing-AI Final Fantasy
Figure 3. "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog" - The New Yorker, July 1993
AI writing is the most dazzling pearl in the crown of artificial intelligence. The truly great AI literature will eventually appear, and he will represent the final fantasy in the field of artificial intelligence.
When it comes to AI writing, the most well-known company is OpenAI. In May 2020, OpenAI launched GPT-3, which is called the "world's most advanced language model". This non-profit organization for artificial intelligence research supported and founded by Musk and other Silicon Valley bigwigs in 2015, after Say Goodbye with Musk in 2018, it was easy to officially embark on the road of commercialization in the second year, and immediately accepted Microsoft's investment. $1 billion.
AI writing has a huge space for commercial applications, and since the launch of the OpenAI API, more than 300 applications have started using GPT-3 in different fields from education to creativity to games. Thousands of developers around the world build applications on the Open AI platform, generating an average of 4.5 gigabytes per day, and the traffic is still growing.
AI writing is also giving life to virtual characters in the metaverse. FABLE STUDIO, a British film and television studio, is creating a new type of interactive story. The virtual human protagonist in the story is driven by GPT-3. The virtual character "Lucy" in the VR short film "Wolf in the Wall" can have natural conversations with people through GPT-3.
Of course, artificial intelligence writing is still more used in intelligent assisted writing. We believe that the combination of artificial intelligence and human emotions will create a powerful story. I believe that one day, everyone will know a virtual person.
In the field of AI writing, there are many top players in the world including the Asia-Pacific region, including Google DeepMind, OPENAI (GPT3.0), Microsoft, Amazon, NVIDIA, Stanford... such global leading players, as well as the Asia-Pacific Microsoft Research Institute, Word Innovative AI+NLP teams such as Jie Beat, Tencent, Baidu, Ali, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Caiyun Xiaomeng, etc.
In June 2022, Meta also joined the fray in a high-profile manner. Meta AI Lab announced in a high-profile manner that it would open its own large language model OPT (Open Pretrained Transformer, pre-trained transformation model), and contribute all the code without reservation. A milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
However, looking at the development of the industry, we believe that in addition to breaking through the bottleneck of key basic technologies, the first problem GPT-3 will encounter will be the problem of commercialization, and this is exactly the infinite expansion space that Web3.0 and the Metaverse good at and can bring with.
4. Fusion and Innovation of Metaverse & Sci-Fi
We believe that Metaverse science fiction works will have more opportunities to apply AI writing to achieve the unified integration of industry, cultural IP, digital art, etc. From another perspective, the unique business model of Metaverse and the encrypted economy, Web3.0 The unique global cooperation model with DAO will greatly promote the maturity and evolution of the metaverse science fiction literature ecology in this field, and even become an application breakthrough for industrial evolution itself, just like NVIDIA graphics card price and stock price and crypto currencies are closely related.
The virtual world and the real world will intersect and merge. Now is the era of the metaverse world. Some new projects combining metaverse and science fiction literature are making bold innovations.
The metaverse science fiction project DragonCapsule is the first metaverse science fiction literature project that natively supports the ERC-721 encryption technology standard, and integrates the power of the AI industry and have related development roadmap. The Metaverse Science Fiction, first proposed and applied the MetaIP （Metaverse native intellectual property agreement）, and shared the brand and revenue with the DAO organization and global holders through Web3.0 technology.
- Based on the global original NFT collection DragonCapsule, complying with the native METAIP （decentralized copyright agreement of the Metaverse）
- WEB3.0 distributed creation tools and DAO organization, guarantee original traceability and direct incentive system, holders can participate and decide the direction of novels
- AI artificial intelligence collaboration + human writers jointly create a long sci-fi trilogy, bringing together the power of the artificial intelligence industry to participate
- DragonCapsule Parallel Cosmos MPC (PGC+UGC)-Global Sci-Fi and Crypto User Community Creation
"DragonCapsule" is created based on 10k NFT collection, and the dragonCapsule trilogy sci-fi literature story is the background. Its IP copyright will adopt the world's first METAIP decentralized copyright agreement (metaverse native IP agreement).
With the rapid development of the metaverse, distributed content creation, AI artificial intelligence writing, and NLP will increasingly play a more important role. The economic model based on crypto and metaverse can also better motivate authors and fans, and speed up the economic conversion of work IP. "DragonCapsule" tries to open a new metaverse in the form of the first native Sci-Fi project of the metaverse. A new era of science fiction.
Considering the business model of AI and science fiction literature, it is the general trend to combine with the digital economy and the metaverse. The future trend of the consumer side of the metaverse is related to artificial intelligence, natural language NLP, images, videos, and Web3.0... A comprehensive business model built by BIGANT technology; so the innovative MetaIP project like DragonCapsule, which combines AI with metaverse Sci-Fi is just the beginning.
5. The Metaverse Force Engine Reloaded
Science fiction literature, as a watchtower for the future of human society, occupies an extremely important and unique position in the entire history of human science and technology development and the history of modern literature.
We believe that science fiction literature, as the birthplace and the engine of the Metaverse, plays an important role in leading the development of the Metaverse and the digital cultural and creative industry, which itself is a trillion-dollar industry that integrates and innovates many cutting-edge technologies and business models.
We hope to see more metaverse innovation projects similar to "Dragon Capsule", a wider and deeper exploration of science fiction literature and artificial intelligence, social mass innovation, digital intellectual property IP, distributed creation, new DAO collaborative organization, Web3 technology , more metaverse sci-fi IP project that combines the digital economy business model.
Hopefully in the not too distant future, we'll see the Metaverse Force Engine reloaded.