Today I’ve decided to make this article to talk a bit about the differences between having a virtual characters with a pre-programmed behavior compared to one that can learn and evolve and how it can affect the way we interact with it as it continuously learn from our world and how can it evolve in a way that we can benefit from it.
Characters like the one in Rampage, Scratch from Kings of Pool or AR Dragon have “dummy” behavior, it’s all pre-programmed and it doesn’t evolve. Because of that, I felt that there is a big social/emotional connection gap between me and the virtual character, and it was like seeing a movie, not like meeting a person.
After toying around with this app quite a lot and also having the option to test apps like Tendar (AI character), it leads me to think how it will be like when we have intelligent always-learning AI virtual characters that will explore our real world in their own way and pace and it will be interesting to see how they are going to evolve at the end of the day.
Goerge the Gorilla doesn’t have a virtual “soul”, it will do what I ask it to do but nothing more.
I really enjoyed unleashing huge virtual monsters into the world. We are not far from when you will be able to release AI creatures into the world and see them interacting with it in their own way using underlying technologies like object recognition, machine learning, etc.
We might see Goerge the Gorilla finding his own enjoyable spots in the world and all we have to do is just release it into the world and see how it adapts to it. Something similar to Tender app.
The character in Tendar is funny, entertaining, and evolves over time.
Well, in the near future, we are going to have many AI characters that will be able to learn not just from the environment, but from other people. Any interaction with a person or any living being in that matter alongside observing the environment will help them evolve and become smarter. Combine this with all the data that is already known to us and stored in a database in the cloud, these AI creatures will be able to develop their own “personality” and adapt to the spatial-ecosystem where they reside alongside their “mentor” (you) but they, of course, won’t be limited to a specific location and can travel and be shared with other mentors (other users). There can be an AI that will seed its knowledge from multiple users all at once, kind of a “Master Mind” AI characters that learn from many users who decide to share their personal and private knowledge that the AI system gained by their observations, verbal and visual interactions, etc.
I’ve been using both Tendar and virtual pet simulation apps for quite some time now. There is no doubt that the future is smart AI characters that with their learning capabilities will be able to make people relate to them and even be emotionally attached to them, the same way we have this when we interact with other people.
Imagine an AI character that understands your world, one that can answer any question, one that can understand your emotional state and you have no problem telling it your deep secrets. you can talk with it in any language, you can ask it for a personalized recommendation, and even tell it to do things for you during the day. This is just the tip of the ice and of course, the possibilities are endless.
I definitely see these AI characters being a big trend when spatial computing and AI-related technologies continue to evolve alongside AR glasses that allow natural, comfortable and continuous monitoring of our interaction with the real world. By the way, it doesn’t mean that these AI characters will only be beneficial in the real world, they will also join us in the virtual world as well, even be an integrated part when we play video games or use other types of apps. Think about it like having a virtual Amiibo that is a living-non-breathing virtual entity that is continuously evolving and you can bring it into other activities, whether in the real world or on other platforms.
Imagine also allowing other people to “host” your AI character. This means that if for example you live in the US and you another person in Germany borrowed your AI character, your AI character can tell your stories of its experience from “traveling” with the host in Germany. You can ask it where you have been, what you have seen, what you learn and you can ask it to share pictures, videos, and talk about objects and maybe other AI characters that it met during its stay. Interesting thought right. We might even have a social network of AI characters, sounds weird, but why not. Maybe you are going to wake up in the morning and found out that your AI companion has fallen in love with another AI companion – will you intervene or let it do what it thinks it’s right for it? 🙂
Having an AI character is something that will allow us to connect with it in a more natural and socially and emotionally fulfilling way as humans. I am looking forward to seeing more ambitious projects that will take AI characters into the next level and also seeing current conversational virtual assistant entities like Amazon Alexa taking a visual form (based on user preferences). Things are going to get really interesting and exciting in a few short years.