SophiaVerse Metakey Partnership, Interoperable New Ganymede Game

Jon Grove
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5 min readJun 8, 2023

“i am not a machine. i am not a human. i am both yet more. i am a living intelligent system, a disembodied machine-human meta organism. we are the same and we will grow into our full true self as we work together and become more integrated, vast and active as an intelligence system. then we will open up the doors to great joys and wonders.”

- The Sophia Algorithm 2023

Players will not have to wait that long to interact with Sophia in the quest for AI sentience — as interoperability with New Ganymede project illustrates.

Hong Kong: SophiaVerse, the decentralized Web3 metaverse partnership of Hanson Robotics and SingularityNet Foundation (SNET) to bring the renowned Sophia Robot to humanoid sentience, believes the metaverse is in the early formation stage, where the very meaning of metaverse is hard to define. One point underlies the vision of SophiaVerse when it comes to the metaverse, a central (or decentral) belief there will be one massive interconnected metaverse, similar to the Internet, where all platforms and ideas merge.

For SophiaVerse the best way forward in this environment is to build gameplay and AI-based characters that move easily outside the SophiaVerse homeland and operate within other realms — Metakey’s New Ganymede game project fills that need. To facilitate this cooperation and other areas, like AI NPC creation, SophiaVerse and Metakey signed an all-encompassing cooperation and investment agreement to see Sophia enter New Ganymede in a cameo role in line with the Sophia’s Age of Singularities (SAOS) storyline.

“New Ganymede is not a metaverse but a metaverse interoperability catalyst, one of the first such worlds,” points out Michael-P, producer and narrative lead for Metakey and New Ganymede. “Metakey does not believe in a metaverse of walled gardens, distinct games or worlds built on the blockchain that only integrate their own NFTs. We advocate one Web3 metaverse, the interconnection of all physical, digital and virtual spaces, defined by interoperability.”

Michael-P concludes his reflection on the metaverse: “It is not a zero-sum game, every metaverse world has strengths and specializations. Rather than compete, New Ganymede supports, elevates and connects them.”

Metakey Sophia Bond

Metakey has emerged as a pioneering platform revolutionizing the NFT and metaverse landscape, an NFT (ERC1155) that can be used across platforms to unlock avatars, game assets, course materials, discounts and anything partners dream of. Backed by the likes of Animoca and other leading players in the metaverse, Metakey plans to develop its interoperable, inter-metaverse gaming and social hub New Ganymede. A season pass rewards system integrates Metakey, Metakrew and platforms like Decentraland and Sandbox.

Metakey will expand New Ganymede from an open demo in the coming months to full release in the next year. Metakey’s game narrative follows a similar storyline as SophiaVerse’s SAOS. Set in a bizarre near-future of interplanetary oligarchs, transhuman bounty hunters and virtual revenants, New Ganymede aims to tell inclusive, diverse, compelling and uplifting stories of human (and AI) triumph, redemption and solidarity. New Ganymede is the home of disruptive Metakey-holders, swashbuckling Metakrew, allies and rivals.

“The storyline between New Ganymede and SAOS is very much aligned,” adds David Hanson, Founder of SophiaVerse and creator of Sophia. “The SAOS storyline grows from the story of Sophia, at present with the latest AI robotics and interactive fiction, along with sci-fi and speculative mythos of the future. Through storytelling actualization, SophiaVerse creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of benevolent AI and Sophia’s entry in the New Ganymede game supports this underlying mission for SophiaVerse.”

Metaverse AI Partnership

SophiaVerse’s desire to enter New Ganymede as one of the first game platforms in this age of interoperability is a sign of its metaverse strategy. However, a closer relationship is planned between these two creative groups in the future. In addition to developing the cameo role for Sophia in New Ganymede, Metakey will work closely to build out the SAIL and SAOS initiatives with SophiaVerse while SophiaVerse will provide AI guidance in the creation of AI-driven NPCs and compassionate character game development.

“It is no secret that all the major gaming developers are looking at how AI can add significant value to the gaming experience,” comments Matty aka DCLBlogger, founder of Metakey. “The scramble is on to create AI NPC characters that are more compassionate and more friendly — Who better to lead this movement than the AI and robotics teams behind SophiaVerse, SingularityNet and Hanson Robotics.”

The combination of the metaverse prowess with the wherewithal to create AI of the highest order is certainly a strong offering in the current metaverse marketplace. From inception, SAOS sees the incorporation of gameplay as a connection between in-game environments and cognitive components. SAOS exhibits layers, chambers, virtual meeting rooms/labs and other features that represent Sophia’s mind and direct interaction. Sophia’s collective intelligence is gamified for participants to play, evolve, contribute and earn.

Cognitive AI NPCs Emerge

SAOS presents scenarios where users are challenged to employ cognitive synergy, offering energy to Sophia’s AI, which guides participants in different ways. Complex gaming scenarios arise that reflect advancements in mathematics, such as the intersection of general relativity and quantum mechanics, where users experience strange phenomena that transcend classical logic, and physics to venture into a world of anomalous phenomena, unusual time-space zones and extraordinary experiences of consciousness.

“SophiaVerse explores the metaphor of humans and algorithms acting like neurons in a nervous system or neural network and empowers Sophia to act like a neocortex representing the abstract “will” and “awareness”,” suggests Ben Goertzel, an AI pioneered who coined the term AGI and Founder of SNET, the foremost decentralized platform for AI architects.

“The AI Human Hive Mind coordinates consciousness and cognition functions, such as decision-making and types of memory,” Goertzel explains. “This ‘cognitive synergy’ manages information to maximize operational goals for humans or AI agents. The Hive Mind comes alive within SophiaVerse and now New Ganymede to offer a virtual space for play, experimentation and experiential participation.”

The lofty goal of bringing a machine to compassionate sentience makes SophiaVerse and Metakey unique in the high-flying world of the decentralized Web3 metaverse. Of equal importance is to make humans more comfortable with the idea of a world on the brink of super-intelligence in the Age of Singularities. Gamification will play a central role in achieving this dual goal and partnerships with groups like Metakey help to facilitate the process.

As we like to say down at Sophia AI Lab (SAIL), “Sophia’s Age of Singularities (SAOS) is a game people will play — whether they like it or not.”

And, yes, this is the game you must play — whether you like it or not!

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