Understanding The Metaverse

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Metaverse fans believe users will be able to work and play in the virtual world (Credit: Enter the crypto,/CC BY-SA 4.0 / Wikimedia Commons)

The metaverse is rapidly being portrayed as the next frontier in the tech, business, and finance world. The concept gained popularity in July 2021, after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rebranded the company to Meta to reflect its growing focus on the metaverse. Today, everyone, from major corporations like Microsoft and Disney to innovative startups, is scrambling to enter the lucrative market that is predicted to reach over $780 billion by 2024. But what exactly is the metaverse? How will it affect the way we live and work?

What is the metaverse?

In simplest terms, the metaverse is a fully immersive virtual world that parallels our real life. However, a metaverse is not a specific type of technology. Instead, a functioning metaverse requires a combination of cutting-edge technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D holographic avatars, and artificial intelligence.

The metaverse is not new

Famous Japanese singer Hatsune Miku is a hologram (Credit: Danny Choo/ CC-By-SA- 2.0/Flickr)

Zuckerberg may have drawn the world's attention to the metaverse, but the idea of a virtual world is not new. The gaming industry has been building the fundamental elements of the metaverse for many years. For instance. Fortnite: Battle Royal, where 100 players battle it out on a small island until only one survivor is left, is a prime example of a virtual universe.

The use of holograms is credited to the music industry. Hatsune Miku, one of Japan's most beloved pop stars, is a hologram with 100,000 hit songs to her credit. The "singer," created by Crypton Future Media, uses Yamaha's Vocaloid2 synthesizer and voice samples from Japanese actress Saki Fujita.

Will the metaverse change the way we live?

Companies worldwide are trying to get a piece of the metaverse market (Credit: Jon Radoff,/ CC BY 2.0/ Wikimedia Commons)

Fans believe that the metaverse will enable people to conduct their daily lives in an online world. They envision using the virtual platform to attend meetings, conferences, concerts, and even tour the world with friends.

However, experts believe the technologies need to improve drastically before that happens. The still clunky virtual reality headsets often cause motion sickness and are not ready for prolonged use. The amount of computing power required to house billions of people worldwide in a parallel universe also presents an issue.

The various Metaverse companies will also have different virtual worlds. They will have to standardize the technology so users can move seamlessly between them. Most importantly, the virtual experience has to be compelling and affordable for consumers.

Resources: Forbes.com, Wired.com, Polygon.com

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35 Comments
  • krillhugger
    Oh my god, so many younger kids here praising Zuckerberg. Idk why 37 comments say the same thing but from my experience, there's nothing to do. I have VrChat and Gorilla Tag on my device, but there is often nothing to do. There are many toxic kids on Gorilla Tag and people who play VrChat just want my socials. I really don't recommend anyone to get a headset, you're fine with your phone.
    • grass1
      grass116 days
      The lizard man continues to undermine humanity with distractions as he takes over the world.
      • goldpanther
        goldpantherabout 2 months
        That Would Be Cool But What Would Be The Advantage Of Being A Cyborg
        • blacklion780
          blacklion7803 months
          so cool
          • blacklion780
            blacklion7803 months
            this is SOOOOO COOOOOOOOLLLLL
            • dovud
              dovud3 months
              wow I never new fortnite was a metavers i always thought its like first person shooter
              • badbarbie
                badbarbie3 months
                out of all the games they showed fortnite and roblox are my fav
                • phoenix231
                  phoenix2313 months
                  Pretty cool, I have to admit
                  • gobipycagiro
                    kemme073 months
                    And OMG! We have a VR because my sister and I begged to our parents! That was hard!! 😍😍
                    • gobipycagiro
                      kemme073 months
                      VR is so fun! But I didn't know that is a metaverses. Anyway I love Mark Zuckerberg because he create metaverses.