North Rhine-Westphalia: Digital Trends 2023: AI, Metaverse and Digital Identities

Status: 31.12.2022 06:00

“Artificial intelligence” (AI) will continue to be on the rise in 2023 – and may even take hold in our commercial worlds. WDR digital expert Jörg Schieb presents the most important digital trends for the new year.

“Artificial intelligence” (AI) has long been a field that only scientists and experts have dealt with. But in recent months, social media has been flooded with images, photos and even videos created with the help of AI. Modern AI apps like “Wonder” or “Lensa” generate images that look like works of art at the touch of a button.

Digital trends in 2023

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With this, AI has arrived in pop culture – and this trend will continue in 2023.

If AI like GPT-3 automatically generates texts

GPT3 Poem

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Artificial intelligence undoubtedly offers enormous opportunities – but also risks. According to experts, 2023 will be the year when artificial intelligence penetrates many areas of our lives much more than before.

The new “hot” ones are AI chatbots like “GPT-3”. With such systems, developed by companies like OpenAI, in which Elon Musk and Microsoft are also involved, it is possible to have reasonably “intelligent” dialogues. More than that: GPT-3 and similar AI systems create articles, songs, lyrics, manuscripts, assignments – in principle texts of all kinds – at the touch of a button.

It won’t be long before people are inundated with “fun” apps that create text for anything they need in seconds (like the past few months with apps that generate images).

A challenge for society, because it must learn to differentiate itself in more and more areas: What is real – and what comes from an AI? And what difference does it actually make? Such AI applications influence many creative professional fields and can even destroy them in some cases. There will also be discussions about this.

When the AI ​​watches us while we shop

AI purchases

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Industry experts see another field of application for AI: wherever we shop. There are already individual stores where customers no longer need to checkout and scan the products they have purchased. Because the cameras monitor every action, the systems “know” what has been put in the basket and what has been taken out.

Customers can leave the store without contacting the checkout. The credit card will be charged automatically. Such shopping worlds are also increasingly expected here in Germany.

Dawn of the Metaverse

Speaking of artificial worlds: the metaverse will also play a bigger role in 2023. Anyone who wants to go to the Metaverse puts on VR glasses and can then dive into fully virtual worlds. It’s suitable for work – or for play. Both can be attractive or even useful in some cases.

Zuckerberg and the Metaverse

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Mark Zuckerberg relies heavily on the Metaverse, makes the future of his business squarely hinge on it – and has been bombarding us with ads and advertisements for some time, including on TV. Many manufacturers and companies are therefore already asking themselves: how can we be there from the start? Because no one wants to miss a big trend.

Rules: Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Metaverse

There are undoubtedly useful areas of application. And it can be fun in the metaverse too. But you need expensive hardware for that. And fast internet. These are significant barriers to entry. And the Metaverse also changes everything: who is in charge there? Who owns virtual worlds? What rules should apply when creating new public spaces?

For example, there have been instances of sexual harassment in the metaverse. How to deal with it What if someone breaks virtual objects? Vandalism also exists in the Metaverse. In the virtual world, just about anything is conceivable and doable.

But this must be settled. Also legally. Politicians will have to deal with such issues. She could have done it a long time ago – but now is the time to do it.

Digital identities and digitization of healthcare

But there will also be more digitization in the administration. While in Estonia, every citizen is automatically assigned a digital identity at birth and can perform virtually all administrative procedures online, conveniently and legally, citizens of this country still need to have a stamp stamped at the office.

But the EU has decided to introduce a kind of “digital passport”. It will take time, but the first services will be introduced in 2023. From September 2023, the new “EU Digital Identity Wallet” will allow you to prove your identity in seconds thanks to an application that works and is recognized all over the world. EU.

There is also a lot to do in the field of health. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has announced a digital law to digitize healthcare operations in 2023 – long overdue.

So we can expect a lot of innovation and change: more AI, colorful virtual worlds – and maybe more digital processes in administration and healthcare.

About the Author

Digital WDR expert Jörg Schieb

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Jörg Schieb, born in 1964, is a digital WDR expert and the author of 130 specialized books and guides. He has been dealing with digitalization and its effects on our daily lives for many years.


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