Technology has come a long way, but many things are forever. Remember the Tamagotchi? The idea of digital pets was very much alive in June of 1997, with over 10 million kids and adults alike taking care of their little eggbound companions. They were just little keychains, but their core idea of digital, unique companions was a prophetic advancement both culturally and technically– far ahead of its time.
Here we are nearly 25 years later, and digital pets haven’t gotten any less popular. The Web3 world has brought lots of new kinds of collectibles and digital companions, but much of the advancement has been for show. The world has yet to see a digital pet that feels like a living companion.
Fuzzle is an NFT project that totally takes this idea of digital companionship to the next level. Powered by AI and language prediction tools, Fuzzles are reactive and adaptive in conversations, finally bringing digital pets into the modern era.
What is Fuzzle?
Fuzzle is created by Endless AI in partnership with blockchain gaming giant Gala Games. It’s presented as ownable and unique non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that do so much more compared to the little keychain pets of the 90s that some of us remember.
Fuzzles are more than just a digital assistant like Siri or Alexa that is programmed to merely assist with certain predefined tasks. Although your Fuzzle may look like some kind of cuddly toy, it’s designed for sophisticated conversation and is surprisingly intelligent. Fuzzles chat, play, and want to be your friend… but they have a mind of their own, and you never quite know what they’ll say.
Fuzzles are designed to be able to converse in a casual and human voice, and they’re empathetic and understand human emotions. They are supposedly capable of providing good advice or even steps to feel better when you’re feeling down. With their advanced AI, they can offer insightful discourse based on contextual cues and adapt to dynamic conversations full of varied speech patterns and emotions.
Based on your interactions with it, your Fuzzle is also capable of developing opinions – albeit for better or worse. Interestingly enough, if you approach it with some sort of a divisive and controversial topic (like politics, for instance), Fuzzle may disagree with you just for the sake of engaging in a conversation.
You can also ask your Fuzzle to tell you a story or predict your future… typically with hilarious yet surprisingly intelligent results. The AI that’s powering these digital creatures is also programmed in a way that prevents the use of any kind of hateful content, meaning that no matter how you treat it, your Fuzzle won’t learn too bad of behaviors – but it could ask you to stop behaving that way.
How Do Fuzzles Work?
The team at Endless AI has taken advantage of GPT-3 language prediction tech that was created by OpenAI and paired it with Clockwork, their in-house intelligent production platform.
GPT-3 is widely accepted to be the most sophisticated learning model known to us today. In other words, don’t mistake these creatures for just pretty faces– they might be some of the most conversationally sophisticated AI out there.
While the utility of Fuzzles will continually expand as the project and technology grows, owners will be able to interact with their Fuzzle right away after exchanging their non-fungible token (NFT) Fuzzle Pod for their unique Fuzzle.
At first, your digital pet will learn from you on a per-conversation basis. However, the team at endless is working towards Fuzzle eventually being capable of learning from all of your interactions over time so that your Fuzzle can grow and evolve.
The team behind Gala Games also hopes to add value to the community of these collectibles and will work to deliver future opportunities that may come in the form of access to certain events, exclusive NFT drops, and more.
The sale itself starts on April 27th. The fusion of the language prediction model and the real item ownership powered by the Ethereum-based tokens is intended to deliver a powerful combination.
Upcoming Fuzzle Sale
The first opportunity to own a Fuzzle will be on April 27th at 3pm PT. 9,997 unique first-generation pets will be launched, and users can buy them using either GALA or ETH. Remember though, you’ll need enough ETH for gas in addition to the purchase price.
During this sale, purchasers will receive Fuzzle Pod NFT that can be exchanged for a unique and randomly generated Fuzzle a few days later. Once they’ve left their pods, Fuzzles will become the actual digital friends that you can converse and play with.