Korean mobile carriers are eyeing the cooled-down metaverse market in hopes that it will heat up again following a potential mix with the AI boom. They are rolling out new platforms and updating existing ones throughout the year to maintain ground in the sector.
KT announced plans to update its business-to-consumer metaverse platform Genieverse in July at a metaverse conference held in central Seoul on Tuesday. It will implement AI non-player characters that talk and move like humans into the virtual platform using its large-scale language model Mi:dm. A digital twin service that allows real stores to take orders from metaverse stores is also underway, according to the carrier.
LG Uplus announced Thursday that it plans to launch “Kidstopia,” a metaverse platform designed for children, in the third quarter of this year. Kidstopia targets Generation Alpha, or people born in the 2010s. It released an open beta service in February upon receiving consultations from education and game experts.
Metaverse, along with blockchain and the internet-of-things, has the potential to pump up demand for communication services, industry sources say. Growth in metaverse-exclusive content may boost demand for 5G and 6G high-speed data services and increase the amount of data used per person.
“It will cost a significant amount of money for metaverse platforms to look real, and the advancement of generative AIs presents opportunities to improve realistic features and reduce costs,” said Kim Ju-ho, a computer science professor at Kaist. “A synergy between the two is worth anticipating."
Source: Korea Joongang Daily