Skyrim has shown itself to be fertile ground for experimentation once again, with modders utilising the AI tool ChatGPT (that latest of technical bugaboos) to generate endless reams of dialogue and audio in a spooky peek at our impending AI-ruled future.

As reported by PC Gamer, modder Art From The Machine has, through dark science and unbridled ingenuity, managed to hacksaw AI vocalisers xVASynth (text-to-speech) and Whisper (speech-to-text) into the game. This allows NPCs to communicate after a fashion but demonstrates some pretty wild possibilities. Art From The Machine is currently working on implementing a basic memory system for NPCs, allowing them to reference earlier interactions with the player.

Ulfberth War-Bear (the NPC in question) is able to answer when local shops will close using the in-game clock. Hhe is even able to describe a weapon, its current modifications, and its use: "It seems to be a well-crafted iron sword with a soul gem embedded in the hilt. The enchantment on it allows the wielder to capture the souls of their enemies."

What's your gut reaction to this glimpse of the kind of AI-dominated future prophets and visionaries have been warning us about for decades? We recommend setting parameters to "pithy" and "erudite" before generating a response in the comments section below.

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