Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used to create virtual 3D cities that can extend infinitely in any direction. The AI-generated cities are based on real-world data and could be used for urban planning, gaming, or even as a way of exploring the future of our own cities.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed an AI system called “Infinite Cities” which is capable of generating realistic 3D cityscapes with no limit to their size or complexity. The team trained their model using real-world data from OpenStreetMap – a collaborative project to create free maps – and then fed it into a generative adversarial network (GAN). GANs are neural networks that use two competing models: one generates new images while the other evaluates them against existing ones. This allows the AI to learn how to generate more realistic images over time.
The resulting virtual cities contain buildings, roads, parks and other features found in real life but without any physical boundaries or limits on growth. They also feature unique elements such as curved streets and asymmetrical building shapes which would not normally be seen in traditional city planning methods due to cost constraints or zoning regulations.
The researchers believe this technology could be useful for urban planners who want to explore different scenarios before committing resources towards development projects; game developers looking for large open worlds; architects wanting inspiration for designs; and scientists studying population dynamics by simulating entire societies within these virtual environments. It could also provide insight into how our own cities might look like in the future if certain trends continue unchecked such as rapid population growth or climate change impacts like sea level rise.
In addition, Infinite Cities can help us better understand how people interact with their environment by allowing us to simulate various scenarios such as traffic patterns during rush hour or pedestrian movement through public spaces after dark – something that would otherwise require expensive field studies involving hundreds of participants over long periods of time.
The possibilities offered by Infinite Cities are truly exciting – they allow us unprecedented access into what our world may look like tomorrow while providing valuable insights today about how we design our built environment now so it works best for everyone involved – citizens, businesses and governments alike! With its ability to generate infinite variations on reality without ever running out of ideas, this technology promises great potential when it comes understanding human behavior within complex systems like modern day cities all around the globe!