The Unified Future of AI, Blockchain and Virtual Worlds in 2024

Convergence is more than just a blending of technologies: It is a harmonization that enhances, expands, and redefines our experience of the digital world, says the co-founder of Decentraland Foundation, Yemel Jardi.

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In the annals of human history, 2023 may well be remembered as a year when the future ceased to be a matter of speculation and became a tangible reality. It was a year when artificial intelligence, a concept once relegated to the pages of science fiction, blossomed into a multifaceted tool, fluent in the diverse tongues of humanity. Like the fabled Tower of Babel in reverse, it bridged languages, bringing us closer to a universal understanding.

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In this same year, blockchain technology, akin to the invisible yet foundational forces of the universe, worked its way quietly into our digital cosmos. It provided a secure bedrock for our virtual possessions, all the while sparing us the labyrinthine complexities of its inner workings.

As for virtual worlds, they've seen a big turnaround in 2023. After the initial excitement and then the letdown of the metaverse in 2022, things started looking up again. This change came thanks to advancements by hardware companies. It's like we're on the brink of getting the “iPhone of Spatial Computing,” something that could really bring these digital worlds to life in ways we can touch and feel.

These developments, while distinct in their own right, did not occur in isolation. They represent the emerging threads of Technological Convergence – a concept where separate technological paths begin to intersect and influence one another, creating a unified tapestry of innovation. This convergence is more than just a blending of technologies; it is a harmonization that enhances, expands, and redefines our experience of the digital world.

As we step into 2024, we find ourselves at the precipice of this new era, where the seamless integration of AI, blockchain and virtual reality heralds a future of limitless potential and unprecedented digital interaction.

The convergence of AI and the metaverse

Intriguingly, this convergence is rooted in the very hardware that powers it. GPUs, known for rendering rich virtual spaces, are the same workhorses that train AI models. Their capability for parallel computing not only makes them invaluable in AI development but also in bringing to life the complex environments of the Metaverse. This synergy is evident in the surging value of GPU manufacturers like Nvidia, highlighting the intertwined growth of AI and virtual reality technologies.

Going into 2024, the convergence of AI and the metaverse looms as a pivotal development in our technological journey. We are on the cusp of witnessing AI transform the act of creation within the metaverse. This year, we predict that AI will evolve beyond its current capabilities, enabling creators to craft expansive virtual worlds merely through the power of description. The metaverse will no longer require intricate skills in 3D modeling and animation; instead, it will respond to the creative impulses of human thought, brought to life by AI.

The trust architecture of tomorrow

The year 2023 was a crucible for blockchain, with the industry navigating through legal challenges and corporate upheavals. These trials, reminiscent of the growing pains of any great technological advancement, heralded blockchain's maturation. Amid this legal maelstrom, the essence of blockchain – the digitization of asset ownership – stood resolute and unscathed, continuing its march towards technological revolution.

We foresee blockchain melding into the internet's fabric, akin to the unseen yet vital protocols that power our emails and instant messages. This convergence will see blockchain assets become a native dialect for the digital realm, essential, and most importantly, invisible to the user. The interaction with blockchain will be as effortless as sending an email, its complexities hidden, its efficacy and security omnipresent. In this future, blockchain is not just a technology; it is a silent orchestrator of digital trust and ownership.

Synergies between VR and the Metaverse

In 2023, virtual reality (VR) has ascended to become the next frontier in human-computer interaction, providing unprecedented bandwidth for digital communication and embodying the essence of presence. This leap forward has been propelled by advancements from leading hardware manufacturers, with the release of Meta Quest 3 and the eagerly anticipated VR headsets from Apple and Nintendo. Each stride in this domain is not just about technological progress; it is about redefining our very perception of and interaction with digital realms.

Looking ahead to 2024, we stand on the brink of a defining moment in the spatial computing industry. The potential use case of experiencing events like the NBA finals from the best seats in the stadium, all from the comfort of home, is poised to capture the imagination of the masses. This experience, bridging the physical and digital worlds, will likely be a catalyst for widespread adoption among the early majority. The journey ahead for VR is long and filled with potential, but the convergence of technologies like AI, blockchain, and advanced hardware is setting the stage for a seismic shift.

The cultural and economic impact

In the narrative of our digital evolution, Generation Z emerges as the vanguard of a new cultural epoch. Born into a world where virtuality is as real as the air they breathe, these digital natives are the first to fully immerse themselves in the fruits of technological convergence. Their initial forays, playful and experimental in creating memes and digital artifacts, are but the prologue to a deeper, more significant shift. With tools shaped by AI and the metaverse at their fingertips, they are not just using technology; they are reshaping it, bending the digital universe to their imagination and whims.

We see these young minds not just embracing but mastering the art of creation within these new realms. They are the pioneers of a world where user-generated content is not just a pastime but a new economic frontier. In their hands, creativity and innovation become more than expression; they are the keys to unlocking new forms of value and influence. The power once held by a select few in coding and legal intricacies is now democratized in the hands of these youthful creators, heralding a future where the digital realm is limited only by imagination.

In 2024

As 2024 unfolds, we are at the cusp of a transformative era in technology. The integration of AI, blockchain, and virtual reality is crafting a new digital landscape. This convergence is more than a mere amalgamation of technologies; it's a revolution in how we interact with the digital realm. AI's advancement is redefining creative possibilities in the metaverse, enabling environments to be molded by thought alone. Blockchain evolves into a fundamental layer of digital trust, making asset ownership seamlessly part of the internet's fabric. Virtual reality, on the brink of a breakthrough, is set to radically change our sensory experiences in digital spaces.

Crucially, this technological synergy is the playground of Generation Z, who are not just users but active creators and shapers of these realms. Their engagement with these technologies is not just about leisure; it's the forging of a new economic and cultural landscape where imagination is the primary currency.

In this new era, the limits of the digital world are defined only by our creativity, opening unprecedented avenues for innovation and interaction. The year 2024 marks the beginning of this exciting journey, promising a future where technology and imagination converge to expand the boundaries of what is possible.

Edited by Benjamin Schiller.


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Yemel  Jardi

Yemel Jardi is a co-founder of Decentraland, and the Executive Director of the Decentraland Foundation.

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