On Tuesday, Solana Labs announced an impending integration of a ChatGPT plugin that will allow users to check wallet balances, transfer tokens, and buy NFTs on the Solana blockchain. The development firm, responsible for the management of Solana, revealed the news via Tweet, enlisting the help of developers to check the code:
According to a screenshot of the plugin that Solana Labs shared, users will also be able to search the non-fungible tokens present in each wallet. The example in the Tweet shows the NFTs contained in the wallet, complete with the NFT ID, name, description, and Metadata JSON URI link.
Twitter users met the announcement with a mixed response, with one individual suggesting that the team focus on a Solana blockchain explorer. Others have praised the news, saying that Solana’s embrace of artificial intelligence will lead to new opportunities for the blockchain.
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot created by OpenAI that launched in November 2022. Plugins enable the large language model to access up-to-date information, as well as services on third-party websites. Some believe AI will enhance blockchain technology, in part by aiding and optimizing smart contract execution.
Rarity Sniper has reached out to Solana for comment and will update this article when they respond.
Solana Issues Foundation Grants for AI Projects
In a related Tweet yesterday, the Solana Foundation announced a $1 million fund that will issue small scale grants to those exploring the intersection between Solana and artificial intelligence. The grants, which will range between $5,000 and $25,000, will go to both new and existing projects, so long as they meet the following criteria:
- Be publicly available for others to use
- Be open-source when launched
- Have source code available to the Solana Foundation
As shown on the Solana Foundation’s website, anyone can apply for a grant, including individuals, teams, companies, governments, non-profits, universities, and academics. According to a statement from the Foundation, the grants issued in the category of artificial intelligence are meant to encourage the exploration of new use cases of these novel technologies.
While many organizations are exploring the intersection of the blockchain and AI, Solana is perhaps the biggest name to throw its hat into the ring. If it is successful, more of the top blockchain organizations may follow suit. Rarity Sniper will certainly be here to report back if any of them do.