AI and crypto are not just buzz phrases; they are technologies that are shaping the future of various industries. Recently, AI Eye attended Korean Blockchain Week and Token2049 in Singapore to explore how crypto project leaders are planning to incorporate AI into their projects.
One notable figure in the space is Rune Christensen, the founder of Maker. He plans to relaunch his decade-old project by integrating AI governance. However, he clarifies that AI will not be enforcing rules as it is unreliable. Instead, the project aims to use AI for coordination and communication, acting as an “Atlas” to the entire project. By creating a central repository of data, hundreds of thousands of people from different backgrounds can collaborate effectively.
Illia Polosukhin, the founder of Near, originally started his project as an AI startup before shifting to blockchain. He has numerous ideas on how AI can be utilized in the crypto space. One of his key interests is to use blockchain to establish the provenance of content, separating genuine content from AI-generated misinformation. This system would involve cryptography for ensuring consistency and traceability, along with on-chain accounts and record-keeping for reputation verification.
Sebastien Borget from The Sandbox shares how his platform has been leveraging AI for content moderation, effectively filtering and eliminating toxicity from in-game conversations. The project also explores AI’s potential for music and avatar generation, as well as user-generated content for world-building.
Vance Spencer, the founder of Framework Ventures, highlights four primary use cases for AI, one of which involves training AI models and selling them as tokens on-chain. Framework Ventures has invested in a game called AI Arena, where players train AI models to compete in the game.
The relationship between AI and crypto also raises questions about their alignment. PayPal founder Peter Thiel suggests that AI is a technology of control, while crypto represents liberation. Thiel argues that AI could potentially enable centralized control of an entire economy, making it a favorite among the Communist Party of China. On the other hand, strong cryptography, which is at the core of crypto, offers decentralized and individualized possibilities.
In the gaming world, Roblox introduces a new feature called Assistant, which allows users to build virtual assets and write code using generative AI. Assistant aims to generate sophisticated gameplay and create 3D models from scratch, making it an exciting tool for game development.
A study by Boston Consulting Group reveals that below-average workers benefit the most from using AI tools, significantly improving their output by 43%. In comparison, above-average workers experience a smaller improvement of just 17%. However, workers who go beyond the capabilities of AI tend to perform 20% worse due to receiving plausible but incorrect responses.
Google’s Gemini, a competitor to OpenAI’s GPT-4, is nearing release. Gemini aims to surpass GPT-4 by offering not only text generation but also image generation capabilities. The models are being trained on diverse datasets, including content from YouTube.
Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have developed an AI system for planning cities in line with the concept of “15-minute cities.” The AI outperforms human planners in tedious computation and repetitive tasks, completing them in seconds rather than minutes. While the AI designs showed improvements in access to services and green spaces compared to human designs, the impact was modest. Urban planners envisioned the AI working as an assistant, focusing on tedious tasks while humans tackle more challenging and creative aspects of planning.
Actor and comedian Stephen Fry shares his experience of becoming a victim of AI voice cloning. His voice was recreated by an AI system using his readings of the Harry Potter books, leading to a false narration being attributed to him. Fry warns that AI will advance at an unprecedented rate and raises concerns about the potential misuse of this technology.
The integration of AI and crypto opens up exciting possibilities for governance, content moderation, user-generated content, and more. While concerns about control and misuse of AI exist, the potential benefits are immense. As AI continues to evolve, it will shape various industries and redefine how we interact with technology.