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Al tech aims to make metaverse design accessible for creators

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a mainstay in many Web3 activities. From nonfungible token (NFT) creation to fraud detection, it is integral to the roots of what makes up decentralized technology

Mona, a Miami-based 3D metaverse development and Web3 social platform, unveiled an AI-powered 3D generator for material design. The tool allows designers and creators on the platform the ability to input words into the AI mechanism in order to create materials for their personalized digital spaces.

The MonaAI Material Generator is similar to the AI image and design generator DALL-E. However, it focuses specifically on “seamless” and realistic textures to be used in a metaverse setting. Currently, over 4,500 designers are working on the platform who will have access to the tool, according to Mona.

Mona co-founder and CEO Justin Melillo told Cointelegraph that AI is becoming increasingly more accessible to creators and metaverse developers. Especially with tools like the aforementioned DALL-E and now Mona’s 3D materials designer, entrance barriers are further removed.

“The goal over the next year is to make these tools even more accessible to more creators.”

However, AI skeptics always turn to the fear of automated systems replacing human creativity. Melillo says that in the case of design and AI-assisted tools, they make building in the digital world more accessible, particularly for newcomers.

“Overall, AI should be seen as a tool for artists to help amplify their work, not replace it. There is no substitution for human creativity.”

Outside of cosmetic design use cases, AI is starting to be implemented in other metaverse design strategies. Such examples include its use to solve underpopulation issues and also to create unique playable scenarios for individual users. 

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Technology like the MonaAI Material Generator is one such AI-powered mechanism which enables high-quality uniqueness in digital worlds.

Regardless of the current quality, Melillo says AI is a tool which will help perpetuate the adoption of Web3. 

“By making tools accessible that make the creation process easier, we can onboard more users to Web3 through the work they create and share via the blockchain.”

He says AI plays a “pivotal role” in the advancement of Web3 and the metaverse and pushes both into the future.