Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?

Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?

10/17/2021 4:14:00 AM

Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?

What does it mean, and what have Facebook and Fortnite got to do with it?

However, there is a huge amount of excitement about the metaverse among wealthy investors and big tech firms, and no-one wants to be left behind if it turns out to be the future of the internet.There's also a feeling that for the first time, the technology is nearly there, with advancements in VR gaming and connectivity coming close to what might be needed.

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Why is Facebook involved?has made building the metaverse one of its big priorities.It's invested heavily in virtual reality through its Oculus headsets, making them cheaper than rivals - perhaps even at a loss, according to some analysts.It's also building VR apps for social hangouts and for the workplace, including ones that interact with the real world.

Image source,Image caption,The Oculus Quest 2 is one of the most recent VR headsetsDespite its history of buying up rivals, Facebook claims the metaverse "won't be built overnight by a single company" and has promised to collaborate.to help "build the metaverse responsibly". headtopics.com

But it thinks the true metaverse idea will take another 10 to 15 years.Who else is interested in the metaverse?Mr Sweeney, the head of Epic Games (which makes Fortnite), haslong spoken about his metaverse aspirations.Online multiplayer games have had shared interactive worlds going back decades. They are not the metaverse, but have some ideas in common.

In recent years Fortnite expanded its product, hosting concerts, brand events, and more inside its own digital world. That impressed many with what was possible - and thrust Mr Sweeney's vision of the metaverse into the spotlight.Media caption,WATCH: Ariana Grande sings in Fortnite's metaverse

Other games are getting closer to a metaverse idea, too. Roblox, for example, is a platform for thousands of individual games connected to the larger ecosystem.Meanwhile, Unity, a 3D development platform, is investing in "digital twins" - digital copies of the real world - and the graphics company

which it describes as a platform for connecting 3D virtual worlds.So is it all about games?No. Even though there are so many ideas about what the metaverse might be, most visions see social human interaction as the core.Facebook, for example, has been experimenting with a VR meetings app called Workplace, and a social space called Horizons, both of which use their virtual avatar systems. headtopics.com

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Image source,ReutersImage caption,Facebook workplace imagines VR meetings in which people can still use their real-world computers at the same timeAnother VR app, VRChat, is entirely focused around hanging out online and chatting - with no goal or purpose other than exploring environments and meeting people.

Other applications may be waiting out there, ready to be discovered.Mr Sweeney recently told the Washington Postthat he envisions a world where a car manufacturer trying to advertise a new model is "going to drop their car into the world in real time and you'll be able to drive it around".

Perhaps when you go online shopping, you'll try on digital clothes first, and then order them to arrive in the real world.Does the technology exist yet?VR has come a long way in recent years, with high-end headsets which can trick the human eye into seeing in 3D as the player moves around a virtual world. It has become more mainstream, too - the Oculus Quest 2 VR gaming headset was a popular Christmas gift in 2020.

The explosion of interest in NFTs,which may provide a way to reliably track ownership of digital goods,could point to how a virtual economy would work.And more advanced digital worlds will need better, more consistent, and more mobile connectivity - something that might be solved with the rollout of 5G. headtopics.com

For now, though, everything is in the early stages. The evolution of the metaverse - if it happens at all - will be fought among tech giants for the next decade, or maybe even longer. Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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I do look forward to corporations such as Facebook trying to justify expanding the metaverse and trying to push an eco/green agenda. The 2 don’t go hand in hand. We’re gonna need to burn a hell of a lot of coal to power every humans online avatar We wouldn't need a 'next big thing if the last big thing hadn't turned out to be a dud.

If Facebook is involved in any way, I want no part in it if 🏥📑📲= sync🏥 then 💊🔬=+❓ A SQL query goes into a hospital, walks up to two tables, and asks, ‘Can I join you? Two bytes meet. The first byte A: asks, ‘Are you ill?’ The second byte B: replies, ‘No, just feeling a bit off if 🏥📑📲=📱🏥 then 💊🔬=+❓ A SQL query goes into a hospital, walks up to two tables, and asks, ‘Can I join you? Two bytes meet. The first byte A: asks, ‘Are you ill?’ The second byte B: replies, ‘No, just feeling a bit off

A bullshit. Nuralink Gawd the Facebook metaverse looks even worse & clunky than SL did in its prototype days. Multinationals & Universities have been hosting events in world for 2 decades. Dell island you used to be able to construct a computer in a virtual showroom, pay and it would be delivered. Are you seriously telling me you are unaware this has existed for over 20years, starting with Second Life & now expanding to the open source Hypergrid with dozens of connected 3D worlds. This is my Art Gallery now in its 14th year. What can Facebook bring to this? Nothing I think

Have you seen “Ready Player 1?” Saw it on drudge, but link was to Wall Street journal (paywall). But it appears to be full bodysuit of interactive technology and vr looks good for being transhuman. i like

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