Every day you wake up and pick up your smartphone. It is possible that this is the beginning of a new era called the “metaverse”. In the article, we tell what it is and how soon humanity will move into a digital reality.
The Metaverse is one of the hottest topics today. But do you know the exact meaning of this word and all the possibilities that open up with the advent of this new technology? Keep reading: below we will tell you what the metaverse is.
It was Neil Stevenson, who first used the term “Metaverse” in his science fiction novel Avalanche. There, in this novel, he imagined real avatars meeting and spending time in realistic 3D buildings and other virtual reality environments.
Since then, various developments have marked different milestones on the path to a true metaverse: an online virtual world including augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D holographic avatars, video, and other media. Currently, signs of the metaverse are present in the universes of online games such as Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox, among many others. And the companies developing these games are striving to be part of the evolution of the metaverse.
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The modern concept of the metaverse has something in common with VR, but they are not the same thing. The Metaverse is a virtual reality space that:
It sounds big, and at first, it’s not very hard to believe that developments in this direction are being carried out today. However, remember that the creation of touch screens once seemed just a fiction of science fiction.
You can start creating another world in your own way in the famous computer game Minecraft – also a kind of parallel reality. The popularity of the game is impressive, according to official statistics, the project has 5.3 million users.
We have already described where the idea of creating a single virtual reality was originally mentioned, but it was an invention of creative people who predict the onset of a dystopia based on the widespread passion for computers.
In 2021, Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of the well-known social network Facebook (activities are prohibited in Russia) , announced the creation of a global Meta project, which will create that same parallel digital reality. And it will be possible to exist in it as fully as in the above-mentioned films and the book.
The main signs of the new reality: each person will have his own avatar (another well-known film comes to mind), and internal processes will be depicted as 3D and 4D holograms. It is believed that the people who become immersed in this supernatural technology “meta” will have their own house, a workplace from where they can lead a familiar life within the framework of the new universe.
The project is truly global: more than 10 thousand employees of the company are working on its development today, and investments have reached 10 billion dollars, and the amount, of course, will increase.
Unlike existing systems of communication on the Internet, people in the Meta universe are not required to have registration in specific social networks.
For example, users of the well-known social space Instagram (activities are prohibited on the territory of Russia), as well as many other auxiliary applications, need to be registered in the social network Facebook (activities are prohibited on the territory of Russia). The creators claim that the universe will be more tied to the personality of a person than to his page on the social network.
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And a related question – who needs a metaverse? Let’s try to figure it out.
First, obviously, to the creators of Meta. If we translate operational tasks – the “OS” – into virtual reality, it is clear that the main profit will go to the owners of the digital universe.
Globalization will sooner or later lead us to immerse ourselves in a digital reality, so Mark Zuckerberg only accelerated the process to take the market first. Such is the physical reality of our existence, its usefulness in accelerating progress.
Recall that Elon Musk once occupied the niche of private production of spacecraft, becoming a monopolist in this area of commerce.
Secondly, Metaverse will be useful to us. But why?
We will have the opportunity to communicate with those who are at a distance of several thousand kilometers. This promises us, new acquaintances, with interesting people, but it will also allow us to keep in touch with relatives and friends who are far away, with whom it is not possible to meet often.
In fact, the metaverse will completely change the concept of communication and its reality.
The format of communication is changing – the construction of work is also changing. Perhaps, with the advent of a single digital space, many companies will no longer need to create a separate offices for employees, with workplaces and recreation areas.
A large part of the work will move into virtual reality, especially as meetings will move from the video format of Zoom, Google meet and many other services to the digital presence of avatars in a single space. Here, both the visibility of the product, and the joint brainstorming, and the possibility of a live discussion of problems will become available.
The pandemic and the rapidly mutating virus somehow locked us in the four walls of the house and transferred to a digital work format. Our editors write articles for you remotely, meeting only once a week, just to discuss the process and direction of work.
All new strains and the real danger to life that the coronavirus infection poses make us look for options for interacting with clients and employers via the Internet.
No one knows how long the global lockdown will last: domestic scientists give forecasts for a period of one year, foreign doctors warn of years of caution. In any case, the Meta universe will help us feel as free as possible during a worldwide pandemic.
Virtual reality isn’t just technology: it is an innovation that will allow us to get the best possible education online even without leaving our homes. For example, by paying for tuition and passing exams, you can become a student, being in the classroom at the teacher’s lesson, not physically, but being an avatar of yourself.
Today, distance education is the prototype of what has been described, but practical exercises have to be worked out offline. Imagine how many opportunities for practicing skills are given to medical students who first practice manipulations in the metaverse and only then move on to work with a living human body.
It will be possible to get advice and examination from any first-class specialist if he is an active user of the metaverse. This will save people from spending extra time and money on transportation, waiting in line, and so on.
Despite the fact that a considerable part of the business has already been transferred to the Internet, a lot of money is spinning online, and the system is only developing, we understand that the metaverse is not a simple transfer of reality, where the currency familiar to us will acquire an electronic appearance, but also a new world with its own a separate currency, such as “crypto”, for example.
The commercial development of such a world will become the same as in the physical format, because almost all types of business, except for catering, practical medicine and a narrow number of other areas of activity, can be transferred to the online format. Most likely, there will be new areas of earnings within the digital system.
This is, first of all, the development of products for Metaverse, where a programmer can create programs and products only for the new universe. Using them will be paid, and the author will be able to make a good profit, with the proper approach to the system.
Offline businesses will be able to advertise their products within the metaverse and sell them in the digital space, with delivery to the physical world.
For example, you can go to a digital supermarket, pick up a basket of products, pay for them at the checkout, and expect that somewhere in the physical part of your reality, a courier is already collecting your order and will soon deliver it to you.
Reminiscent of already known delivery services, but here you can see the product and “touch” it, whereas today you only choose what you need among the pictures on the smartphone screen. Of course, this will require large investments, but the profit should also be high.