When Will Endless Shows and the Metaverse Collide?

It's only a matter of time before a show is simply a camera in an AI metaverse


4/12/20232 min read

a woman in a purple dress standing in a chamber of purple screens
a woman in a purple dress standing in a chamber of purple screens
A 25-Person Village

Recent groundbreaking work of Stanford and Google researchers on "Generative Agents: Interactive Simulacra of Human Behavior" demonstrates the incredible potential for creating realistic, AI-driven societies. A demo of the study showcases a simulation of a 25-person society populated by AI-simulated individuals. Each character, powered by a large language model (LLM), engages in daily routines, forms opinions, and converses with others.

Check it out, you can view each character’s whole conversation history, record of activities and more…

Imagine coupling this level of AI sophistication with a modern 3D graphics engine, complete with high-quality text-to-speech and sound effects. The result would be a living, breathing virtual world that writes its own stories, with the only challenge being where to place the cameras or which characters to follow and when.

The Convergence of Gaming and Entertainment

As AAA games increasingly integrate AI-driven characters and environments, the distinction between gaming and traditional forms of entertainment like movies and TV shows will become less clear. The Stanford study represents an early step along the path of creating an immersive, simulated world where the lines between gaming and entertainment are blurred. Or gone?

Will we soon see a world where playing a game and watching a movie or TV show become indistinguishable experiences? It's not an unrealistic possibility.

The Future of Entertainment: AI-Generated Shows in the Metaverse

As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see the emergence of AI-generated shows set in virtual worlds that are shaped by the actions of both AI-driven and human-controlled characters. This will create an entirely new entertainment experience, one that combines the best aspects of gaming and traditional TV and film. Call it a metaverse at that point, perhaps.

This quote from the Stanford study perfectly encapsulates the potential of this new form of entertainment: "Generative agents wake up, cook breakfast, and head to work; artists paint, while authors write; they form opinions, notice each other, and initiate conversations; they remember and reflect on days past as they plan the next day." The characters will write their own scripts based on their “thoughts” and “memories” about their interactions and conversations with other characters, while going about their daily “lives.”

When Will We Give Up and Stop Talking About Their “Thoughts,” “Memories,” and “Lives” in Quotes?

The future of entertainment is an intriguing frontier where gaming and traditional TV and film converge. As AI technology continues to develop, we'll see the rise of endless AI-generated shows set in a metaverse populated by AI-driven characters. This world won’t be limited by our imagination, but by theirs, as we watch the stories unfold and explore an unprecedented form of media.

But it'll be more than entertainment. We'll be watching something increasingly difficult to comprehend as mere entertainment. But that's a subject for another time...