OpenAI’s GPT helps turn text into custom metaverse worlds

Artificial intelligence has been dominating tech headlines lately thanks to OpenAI’s advanced GPT models and competitors, and such models can generate text and media with alarming speed and accuracy. They can revolutionize many industries and experiences – and one Web3 metaverse app has already found a way to take advantage of the technology.

Oncybera 3D world-building platform that supports a wide range of NFTs and used by Web3 creators and communities, revealed this week that it has developed an AI-powered tool called Magic Composer that lets users customize their environments via text commands.

It’s like using ChatGPT – and it runs on OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 model (not brand new GPT-4) – but instead of returning well-chosen information from the web, a poem or a book report or even functional blockchain codeOncyber uses text prompts to implement real-time adjustments to its worlds.

With a line of text entered into Magic Composer, Oncyber can automatically change the appearance and color of the sky, insert an artist’s NFT works from your connected crypto wallet, customize the appearance and size of in-world picture frames, and more. And this is just the first version of the tool, said Oncyber founder and CEO Rayan Boutaleb Decrypt.

“In the next iteration, what we want is for people to transfer any hallucination or dream they have into a 3D canvas and just directly see the result of what they might be imagining and change things,” he said. “It’s a first step towards a very big end result, which we’re not too far from.”

A screenshot of Oncyber’s AI tool in its revamped 3D studio. Image: Oncyber

Embracing AI tools wasn’t about chasing the latest buzzy tech trend, but rather finding another way to help users unlock their creativity on the platform. There is a disconnect between the power of Oncyber’s game-like engine and the visual user interface, Boutaleb explained.

Magic Composer allows users to get what they want relatively easily. And as Oncyber adds more world-building features in the coming months and gives creators opportunities to develop richer environments, the AI ​​tool will hopefully cut through some of the complexity and ensure accessible ways to personalize online 3D spaces.

Oncyber plans to roll out the AI ​​tool to a select group of testers starting Monday, March 20, but Boutaleb said it won’t be long before it reaches public users — perhaps a few days later.

More robust AI functionality is also on the horizon. Boutaleb said he eventually hopes to add more complex generative features, such as the ability to generate custom or modified 3D architecture just by typing a request. Over time, Oncyber’s goal is to have “fewer and fewer limits/boundaries” for users, he added.

Launched in 2021, Oncyber has called itself one metaverse platform, and shares common features with Web3 metaverse gaming platforms such as Decentralized and The sandbox which also allows users to customize their own online spaces.

But unlike those platforms, Oncyber didn’t sell NFT grounds which is required to build in these worlds, rejecting the premise of “FOMO” and speculation driven by scarcity of land. Oncyber sells NFT-based templates, but works with architects and designers to develop pre-fab spaces that can be further personalized.

However, there are also slots and templates available, and you don’t need an NFT or a crypto wallet to create a space. Oncyber also lets users bring their own NFTs across Ethereum, Solana, Polygon, and other networks. Some NFT collectors use Oncyber to create their own virtual art gallerieswhile others use the platform to host immersive online community events.

Because Oncyber—which raised $6.7 million last year—wasn’t tied to the NFT land hype cycle that soared and then plummetedBoutaleb said his team has focused on stable iteration for the platform. Other recent additions include improved VR support plus the ability to transfer external video and screen sharing streams.

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