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It takes AI kinds to make a virtual world. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said this week during a Q&A at the GTC22 online event that AI will auto-populate the 3D imagery of the metaverse.

He believes that AI will make the first pass at creating the 3D objects that populate the vast virtual worlds of the metaverse — and then human creators will take over and refine them to their liking. And while that is a very big claim about how smart AI will be, Nvidia has research to back it up.

Nvidia Research is announcing this morning a new AI model can help contribute to the massive virtual worlds created by growing numbers of companies and creators could be more easily populated with a diverse array of 3D buildings, vehicles, characters and more.

This kind of mundane imagery represents an enormous amount of tedious work. Nvidia said the real world is full of variety: streets are lined with unique buildings, with different vehicles whizzing by and diverse crowds passing through. Manually modeling a 3D virtual world that reflects this is incredibly time consuming, making it difficult to fill out a detailed digital environment.

This kind of task is what Nvidia wants to make easier with its