A London firm is hoping to turn the world into a simulation, and make ‘The Matrix’ a reality.
Improbable has developed a system to build huge virtual and simulated worlds, and today revealed a massive new investment to boost its smart software.
It is already working with cities around the world to create complex simulations of entire regions to aid planners, and say its software can be used for everything from gaming to creating new worlds humans can live in using headsets.
‘Our vision is to create massive virtual worlds,’ Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable told Dailymail.com.
‘Basically, we want to build the Matrix,’
The company, which also has offices in San Francisco, today revealed it has raised $502 million in funding led by SoftBank, with previous investors Andreessen Horowitz and Horizons Ventures also participating.
‘We believe that the next major phase in computing will be the emergence of large-scale virtual worlds which enrich human experience and change how we understand the real world,’ Narula said.
Improbable’s first product, SpatialOS, is described as a ‘distributed operating system for massive-scale simulations’.
The technology enables the creation of massive simulations – ‘virtual worlds’ – at a far greater level of scale and computational complexity than previously possible, and while able to support more simultaneous connected users.
The firm is also using it to simulate the real world.
‘We are already working on projects with telecommunications companies, governments and other enterprise clients to explore the ability of massive, detailed simulations to drive better decisions using real-world data and hope to talk more about this in the future.’
Potential applications include simulating transport infrastructure, telecommunications networks or the behaviour of fleets of autonomous vehicles, the firm says.
Developers are already using SpatialOS to build a range of different types of games which take advantage of its ability to manage larger scale, higher player numbers and easy scaling in a seamless virtual world.
Solina Chau, the founder of Hong Kong based Horizons Ventures, who has previously backed firms including said, ‘Having backed Improbable from the start, we continue to see huge potential in the application of its technology, both for solving real-world problems and in changing the future of the games industry.
‘Improbable is an exciting, ambitious company that we’re honoured to be a part of.’