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When Mark Zuckerberg introduced Meta late last year, the entire digital space grew excited as the prospect of virtual reality was closer than anyone anticipated. As a result, the NFT space has started developing tokens to use as both characters and avatars in the metaverse. Recently, Meta announced that it was creating a new artificial intelligence platform that could aid the social media giant in developing realistic 3D avatars for the virtual worlds.
With social media platforms today, the majority of avatars typically look like cartoons and lack the fluid movements that humans have in real life. Meta believes that this can be improved by studying the bones, muscles, and joints in the body’s musculoskeletal system. To accomplish its goal, the AI team developed a platform called MyoSuite.
MyoSuite creates musculoskeletal models that are more efficient than existing ones. The models can be trained to mimic complex movements like twirling a pen or rotating a key and help researchers stimulate the aftermath of surgeries like tendon transfers.
A tendon transfer involves moving the tissue that connects muscles to the bones, restoring movement to parts of the body like a hand or foot.
“This research could accelerate the development of prosthetics, physical rehab, and surgery techniques,” Meta CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg said regarding MyoSuite. “It could help us develop more realistic avatars for the metaverse.”
Meta announced it would be opening the musculoskeletal models built through MyoSuite to researchers. The artificial intelligence is also challenging researchers to help the company improve the development of the models so the MyoSuite team can simulate more challenging tasks like rotating two metal Baoding balls in one hand.
MyoSuite’s launch is another example of how immersed Meta is in doubling down on building the metaverse, virtual spaces that allow people to work, play, and socialize. However, despite its focus on developing more hyper-realistic virtual people and environments, problems like harassment and hate speech will provide a mountain to climb for the social media giant, especially with the moderation for people to use more gestures and sounds to interact with others.