I've reached out to official channels to confirm this (or not), but according to some attendees (as here and here), Midjourney CEO David Holz made a pretty amazing announcement in the startup's open office hours earlier this week.
Specifically, he apparently suggested Midjourney is preparing to deploy a metaverse platform of some kind.
As attendee Nick St. Pierre on Twitter/X quotes Holz:
[H]e thinks they “can get to the holodeck” by 2024.
“We’re gonna build a lot of stuff this year. I think we’ll build more stuff than I’ve ever built before…By the end of 2024 hopefully we have real-time open worlds.”
Normally I would be instantly skeptical about this as mere hearsay. For one thing, creating a dynamic virtual world isn't simply a matter generating 3D graphics, for reasons explained here.
But here's the thing: Second Life founder Philip Rosedale is a lead advisor at Midjourney.
He's listed as such on the startup's hompage. But this may be a coincidence, of course, and Holz's comments this week might have been mischaracterized; hopefully I get some kind of official reply on this.
Midjourney CEO in office hours just said he thinks they “can get to the holodeck” by 2024 😳
“We’re gonna build a lot of stuff this year. I think we’ll build more stuff than I’ve ever built before…By the end of 2024 hopefully we have real-time open worlds”
— Nick St. Pierre (@nickfloats) January 3, 2024
And if you attended this week's Midjourney office hours, dear reader, please recount what was said in Comments!
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