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The Terrifying Possibility of AI-Generated Leaks: A Look at Bethesda’s Future

February 21, 2023
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The implications of the possibilities when artificial intelligence, or AI, meets the gaming industry are truly exciting to consider. With AI technology rapidly advancing, we are sure to see some exciting developments that will change the way we approach gaming significantly.
Take Midjourney, for example – an AI art generation service which recently created a Starfield image leak that had been circulating in anticipation of an upcoming trailer. Though it turned out to be a simulation, it was so convincing that many wondered if the in-game product had been leaked.
Todd Howard, head of Bethesda Game Studios, was forced to address the audio clip that surfaced earlier this month, which apparently depicted him saying some very unbecoming things about The Elder Scrolls 6. Depending on the technical skill of the individual or AI platform behind the clip, it was eerily convincing and racked up over 400,000 hits on YouTube.

These recent developments in AI technology demonstrate how far we’ve come, especially in the gaming industry, and can also sound the alarm in regards to the implications of this technology being misused. With the right tools, an individual or a platform can create realistic-seeming audio and visual products without a full understanding of the implications for game creators and gamers alike.

To ensure the safety of all players, companies should adopt a policy which includes monitoring for potential AI-created ‘leaks’ in order to protect both developers and gamers from copyright infringement and potential malicious consequences. This could mean that companies develop software which is able to detect such ‘leaks’ and protect the original content from any undesirable use or exposure.

In the face of increasing AI innovation, it will soon become possible to produce simulated ‘leaks’ that carry the same weight as the original source, and it is essential to provide sufficient detection and tracking measures in order to protect gamers worldwide. As we move forward, an increasing number of companies may need to establish policies which determine the criteria and parameters for assessing the authenticity of such ‘leaks’.

It is interesting to note that AI technology can, in some ways, enhance the gaming experience. AI-generated images and audio can be used to create realistic and atmospheric gameplay, and add an additional layer of interest and excitement.

With the gaming industry experiencing a surge in technological advancement, it is certain that the future will be an exciting one for gamers. AI technology can have both positive and negative effects on the gaming industry, and it is important that companies and gamers alike remain vigilant and aware of the implications of this technology.

What do you think about the implications of AI in gaming? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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