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Roblox Sees Generative AI As The ‘Future of Creation’

CTO Daniel Sturman explains the company’s vision for artificial intelligence

From writing picture books to creating background images for a Netflix anime, more and more businesses and individuals are utilising generative AIs. Recently Roblox Chief Technology Officer Daniel Sturman took to Roblox’s blog to share the company’s vision for a Roblox generative AI.

Currently, Roblox offers end-to-end tools, services and support for creators through Roblox Studio. Creators can use said studio to develop and publish content for the metaverse platform for free. Sturman, however, sees a future where generative AI aids creators in building Roblox experiences.

“With the advent of generative AI techniques, however, we are seeing an opportunity to revolutionize creation on the platform, both by augmenting Roblox Studio to make creation dramatically faster and easier and also by enabling every user on Roblox to be a creator,” states Sturman.

Sturman goes on to explain that generative AI is now at an inflection point and can discern the creator’s intent. Although, as Sturman points out, the generative AIs on the market today cannot produce content ready for use in Roblox.

“We have already heard from Roblox creators about how they are using this technology to create,” Sturman adds. “However, these off-the-shelf AI systems are not integrated with our platform and they often do not produce “Roblox ready” output that requires substantial follow-on work from a creator. We see an incredible opportunity to build generative AI tools and APIs focused on Roblox.”

A Roblox generative AI

With a Roblox-specific generative AI, creators will be able to quickly generate Roblox-ready content. Sturman envisions a future where individuals with little coding or art experience can still create Roblox content. In fact, he sees creators developing items with built-in behaviours through generative AI.

“For example, a creator could design a car through a simple statement such as “A red, two-seater, convertible sports car with front-wheel drive.” This new creation would both look like a red sports car but also have all the behaviour coded into it to be driven through a 3D virtual world.”

Roblox is currently developing such a platform. Sturman hypothesises that some Roblox locations will become creation experiences where users will create objects and experiences. To do so, Roblox must develop more user-friendly tools that appeal to the average user.

Written By

Jack Brassell is a freelance journalist and aspiring novelist. Jack is a self-proclaimed nerd with a lifelong passion for storytelling. As an author, Jack writes mostly horror and young adult fantasy. Also an avid gamer, she works as the lead news editor at Hardcore Droid. When she isn't writing or playing games, she can often be found binge-watching Parks & Rec or The Office, proudly considering herself to be a cross between Leslie Knope and Pam Beasley.

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