In recent times, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic in the technology industry, and OpenAI’s advanced GPT models and competitors have been at the forefront of this trend. These models can generate text and media with a remarkable level of speed and accuracy, and they have the potential to revolutionize various industries and experiences. Already, one Web3 metaverse app has found a way to tap into this technology, and it is called Oncyber.

Oncyber is a 3D world-building platform that supports a wide array of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and is used by Web3 creators and communities. The platform has developed an AI-powered tool called Magic Composer that allows users to customize their environments via text commands. The tool runs on OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 model (not the brand new GPT-4), and it is similar to using ChatGPT. However, instead of returning well-curated information from the web, a poem or book report, or even functional blockchain code, Oncyber uses text prompts to implement real-time tweaks to its worlds.

With the Magic Composer, Oncyber can automatically change the look and color of the sky, drop in an artist’s NFT works from the user’s connected crypto wallet, customize the look and size of picture frames in the world, and more. According to Oncyber’s founder and CEO Rayan Boutaleb, this is just the first version of the tool, and the next iteration aims to allow users to port any hallucination or dream they have into a 3D canvas and see the result of what they imagine and change things up.

A screenshot of Oncyber’s AI tool in its revamped 3D studio. Image: Oncyber

The Magic Composer was not developed to chase the latest tech trend, but rather to provide another way for users to unlock their creativity on the platform. Boutaleb explained that there is a disconnect between the power of Oncyber’s game-like engine and the visual user interface, and the Magic Composer provides a way for users to get what they want with relative ease. As Oncyber layers in additional world-building features in the coming months and provides ways for creators to develop richer environments, the AI tool will hopefully cut through some of the complexity and ensure accessible ways to personalize online 3D spaces.

Oncyber plans to roll out the AI tool to a select group of testers starting March 20, with public users gaining access shortly thereafter. In the future, the platform aims to add more complex generative features, such as the ability to generate bespoke or modified 3D architecture simply by typing out a request. The goal of Oncyber is to have “less and less boundaries/limits” for users over time.

Oncyber was launched in 2021 as a metaverse platform and shares commonalities with Web3 metaverse gaming platforms like Decentraland and The Sandbox, which also allow users to customize their own online spaces. Unlike those platforms, however, Oncyber did not sell NFT land plots that are required to build within those worlds, rejecting the premise of “fear of missing out” (FOMO) and speculation fueled by land scarcity. Nonetheless, Oncyber does sell NFT-based templates and works with architects and designers to develop prefab spaces that can be further personalized. Users do not need an NFT or a crypto wallet to create a space, and there are free spaces and templates available. Oncyber also lets users bring in owned NFTs across Ethereum, Solana, Polygon, and other networks. Some NFT collectors use Oncyber to create their virtual art galleries, while others use the platform to host immersive online community events.

Oncyber raised $6.7 million last year and was not tethered to the NFT land hype cycle that surged and then plummeted.