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Xbox rolling out incredibly controversial new feature for consoles

Xbox rolling out incredibly controversial new feature for consoles

Skynet is coming!

It’s scary to consider just how fast technology is advancing, especially during the current age of artificial intelligence.

AI seems to be everywhere right now for better or worse. To be fair, AI has been around for decades in one form or another, but nowadays it’s so advanced that it can be difficult to distinguish between what’s a real person and what is AI. At the forefront of AI implementation is Microsoft and it seems that it might be bringing a controversial new feature to consoles.

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle is coming to Xbox and PC.

AI can be a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to video game development and special effects in the movie industry. However, it can also be controversial with software such as art generators often stealing and borrowing from real-life works.

AI is even being used to write scripts in movies and video games, which is a worrying thought as it can be at the expense of real-life people losing their jobs as corporations seek a cheaper but non-authentic alternative.

Concerning today’s story, Microsoft is exploring the prospect of implementing its Copilot AI into its Xbox consoles and PC to help provide players with instant game guides, tips and tricks. At first glance, this seems like a cool feature but on the other hand, it could spell doom for real people who create guides as a source of income whether it’s written or video content.

Previously, Microsoft’s Copilot AI has been used in Minecraft, a video game property owned by the tech giant but during a recent Surface and AI event, Microsoft revealed it's now looking to expand its horizons into other video games. During the event, it was showcased that simple verbal commands, such as “How do I craft a sword?” in Minecraft, resulted in the AI accessing a player's inventory to check what resources they had and what was needed.

Furthermore, during the demonstration, a player was attacked by zombies in Minecraft and the AI was quick to inform how to best deal with the destructive hordes. It’s actually very fascinating but at the same time, it feels like every day that passes, Skynet in James Cameron’s Terminator universe and HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey feel more like a reality than ever before.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft, Tri-Star Pictures

Topics: Tech, Microsoft, PC, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X