Everything About the Metaverse
Metaverse is going to change the internet. Are you ready for it?
Facebook is one of the largest tech companies in the world today. The social media giant recently expressed interest in developing a new type of world different from what we have now known as the metaverse.
The tech giant made it official that they are going to start focusing on the metaverse when they change the name of the parent company from “Facebook” to “Meta.” But what exactly is the metaverse, and how important is it? We are going to discuss everything we know so far on the metaverse.
What is Metaverse and how it is going to change our life?
The metaverse is simply the combination of the digital world to the physical world. If it is so simple, why is it such a big deal? Well, this concept is something that is usually portrayed in movies, with a common example being The Matrix. This type of technology cannot be developed overnight because trying to combine the physical world, and the virtual world is more complicated than you think. For now, no one knows how the metaverse will be represented, and we can only make assumptions.
Before Facebook re-branded to Meta, they released a professional version of the metaverse that allows workers to meet virtually. The company is currently using this technology to hold meetings. The vice president of Facebook even confirmed that he holds virtual meetings with a virtual table and whiteboard using the technology.
Facebook is not the only company investing in the metaverse. Epic Games, the company behind Fortnight, is another company investing its resources into the metaverse and Roblox. For now, these companies have their versions of the metaverse, which are operational. For example, Fortnight has in the past hosted artist gigs where players around the world can live stream the performances virtually.
Where Did the Term Metaverse Come From?
For those who don’t know, the term metaverse was not discovered by Mark Zuckerburg. The term was first coined in a novel written by Neal Stephenson called Snow Crash in 1992. It was used to refer to a virtual world inhabited by people with the help of avatars. Other books represent this type of world. For example, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Relating what we know from the source of the term and what Mark Zuckerburg is trying to build, we can see that he is trying to build a world where the physical world and virtual reality can coexist.
Why Did Facebook Change its Name to Meta
The main reason Facebook changed its name is to bring all the companies under a new company brand. Another reason is that it is a way for the owner of the company, Mark Zuckerburg, to state that he positions his company to focus on the metaverse. This means all the operations they are going to start working on will be geared towards building the perfect metaverse. So all the companies which were under Facebook, namely, Facebook itself, WhatsApp, and Instagram, all have a new parent company, Meta.
Features of the Metaverse
Any company would not consider the metaverse if it didn’t have any benefits. Knowing some of the benefits will help you understand why Mark Zuckerburg invests his resources to make it happen. The following are some of the features of the metaverse that makes the benefits possible.
The metaverse is a world that combines a group of virtual worlds. Because of how interactive it is, it makes it easier to connect to different virtual worlds. It also makes it easier for users to communicate with each other. Keep in mind that the metaverse is a virtual representation of the physical world.
The fact that other companies are working on their representation of the metaverse shows that this technology has come to stay. A metaverse is a form of technology that cannot be shut down instantly. As long as the technology exists, the metaverse continues to exist.
Real World Replica
This is probably the most known feature of the metaverse. Almost everyone who has an idea of this technology knows that it is a virtual representation of the physical world. Since the world is gradually moving online because of the pandemic, it will become easier for people to adapt to the metaverse when it is complete. The metaverse will eventually become a place where people can escape from reality.
Because of Covid-19, it has become important for us to stay safe. Online interactions are being promoted because it is the only way of communicating with people without coming into contact with them. Since everything is becoming online-based, more companies will start investing in the metaverse. This new form of technology cannot be built by one company without the cooperation of other big tech companies. Eventually, more companies will hop on board to build the metaverse.