CREATIVE TALKS: Plato, Star Wars and Web 3.0. Is it too late for the metaverse?
“We are the gods of AI,” said economist Tomáš Sedláček in our talk show. But is the artificial intelligence going to make our lives truly divine in the near future? Watch the recording to find out what Swiss innovator Linda Armbruster, business foresight expert Tobias Heger, mathematician Karel Janeček, and AI expert Dita Malečková think as well.
Words by Jan Strmiska
The whole discussion revolved around the fact that we are now approaching the birth of a new race — the machine intelligence. And we shouldn’t be racist. We should be afraid of it. If this new race is better than us, let’s accept it, it’s just evolution. The primary topic, of course, were the technological buzzwords of 2023, such as the metaverse, Web 3.0, decentralized finance, singularity, and more. To look at these from a more technical perspective, we recommend you read our article where we dissect these concepts and trends that are beginning to surround us: The ultimate metaverse metastudy. What are the smartest people in the world thinking?
The speakers were skeptical about some things. For example, Tomáš Sedláček considers our current Web 2.0 model to be brilliant in terms of monetization and financing. Who will want to pay for everything in Web 3.0, when today a lot of things are accessible for free or in exchange for personal data? Web 2.0 has also brought simplicity almost to perfection. Sedláček calls it the “B2B system”. What he means by that isn't business-to-business, but baby-to-baby. Even a five-year-old can now create content on the web for other five-year-olds. So far, the decentralized web is far from having such great UX.
Tobias Heger from the German foresighting company Rohrbeck Heger sees everything from a business perspective. He feels that investors may not believe in the metaverse idea as much as Meta itself. Dita Malečková points out that in her experience with the latest AI models, machine intelligence is already incredibly mentally plastic. “Neural networks are so cute!” Mathematician Karel Janeček adds that it’s not all about the supreme intelligence that is already on a pedestal today, but rather about consciousness. He also seems to see the future in some form of anarcho-capitalism. Linda Armbruster, who joined the discussion online from Zurich, feels that the incoming technology will be primarily beneficial on the level of sharing experiences. We will become more connected and at the same time more isolated.
NFT BONUS: During Creative Talks, Tomáš Sedláček mentioned as a joke that since we’ve been talking about foresight and predicting what will happen all evening, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to lock the whole show into the blockchain and look at it in 30 years. And how right we were. So that’s what we did. Our NFT entry on Open Sea is here.
More on the process in our other article here: How to tokenize an arbitrarily large file and produce an NFT without encryption. Free.