Improbable cofounder and CEO Herman Narula said on Thursday that he expects us to start living multiversal lives we cannot yet imagine.
The Cambridge-educated tech entrepreneur said at the Wired Live event that artificial realities built on the distributed computing systems that Improbable is working on will allow people to jump between worlds in the future.
Narula, who is still is his twenties, said that Improbable’s “somewhat unsexy” technology is set to revolutionise the $US100 billion gaming industry.
“We’re about to see a further transformation to games that become more like worlds,” he said, adding that games developers now have the means to produce complex systems that look like the complex systems in the real world. “For the first time we’re seeing game worlds that are actually gigantic.”
He added: “The drastic change it could have on our society could happen quickly.”
Narula went on to say how an increasing number of people are making a living from gaming by becoming professional players or commentators with millions of fans.
He believes that jobs in gaming are resistant to AI and that they could help humanity to survive and thrive in an increasingly automated world.
“I think games are going to become an increasingly important antidote,” said Narula. They’re not affected by AI.
“Who would have thought video games can save the world but perhaps they can.”
Beyond gaming, Improbable’s technology can also be used to simulate cities, warfare, and cell biology.