A lot of hosts died in the first season of
One hint: It involves a screen and two thumbs.
Because only people lying to themselves would ever say that humanity isn’t going to pretend at violent play, and because AI and VR technologies are advancing so quickly, it seems reasonable to assume that the three realms are going to intersect. And because of this likely intersection, it makes far more sense to have a Westworld-type theme park exist in a virtual reality world before it ever exists in reality — if it ever could.
Aside from the immense clean-up and recycling processes involved with slaughtering and re-building hosts, there are other reasons to believe that we will be entering a Westworldian (can we make that a word?) park from our couches long before we take a real train to visit one.
First off, it seems that in general, AI tends to be tested in the world of bits before it’s tested in the world of blood. A video game is the perfect testing ground for AI because the stakes are so low.
Google DeepMind for example, the company behind the AI that defeated World Go Champion Lee Sedol, turned its sights on
OpenAI, Elon Musk’s AI non-profit (with an endowment of about $1 billion), recently launched its own virtual outlet for testing AI programs dubbed “Universe.” Universe is aiming to train AI programs to be able to work across any software on any platform, and to help them to develop a general capability to master any program thrown at them. But as
On top of video games allowing players to pile up bodies without the need for clean-up or reconstruction, as well as video games naturally lending themselves to AI more so than the real world, a VR Westworld park would also be way
In episode three, Logan hints that the park costs $40,000 a day. Which is fine if you have Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark money, but for the vast majority of people on Earth that’s an immediate no-go. Video games on the other hand, well, who doesn’t have at least one box of video games collecting dust somewhere in their home right now?
Video game graphics are also improving at an insane clip, which, when taken with advanced VR headsets and haptic suits, combine to create a strong case for people getting their bloodlust out while sitting on the couch rather than riding around a real park.
Plus, with a VR Westworld, when the hosts decide to slay the Gods, the Gods can just take off their headsets.
There are a couple of caveats here. While a VR Westworld would never lead to a
What do you think about a Westworld-type park inhabiting the VR space before it ever comes into reality? Do you think humanity would ever bring video game violence into reality with robots? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!