The metaverse is the same world, a different reality
The metaverse is the same world, a different reality
Since the advent of the Internet, humanity has tried so hard to get away from reality. Each new technology provides another way to immerse yourself in cyberspace, temporarily freeing from bodily attachments. As the metaverse opens onto the horizon of existence, it seems that the line between real life and the virtual world is blurring every day.
We can say that the metaverse is the highest form of virtual reality. If you have seen anything from the “Black Mirror” series, this is so, but not all. It’s actually in the title where “meta” means “beyond”.
In their vision, tech giants like Facebook and Epic Games see the metaverse as a copy of the real world. Everything that exists in our reality will turn into an alternative – almost like in a parallel universe.
Compared to what corporations mean, the idea of a metaverse is still in its infancy. Its actualization has so many meanings; those that can even affect the lives of those who decide not to participate.
The metaverse seems like a good idea? Let’s take a deeper look at this otherworldly concept and what it means for the world as we know it.
One of the first forms of alternate reality started with Six Degrees. It was the first social network to end up grossing over $ 125 million. Users could create profile pages and connect with others through private messages. This was when people first plunged into the sauce of anonymity and fell in love with it.
When MySpace took the throne in 2003, our tendency towards alter ego was clearly beginning to show. MySpace offered a wider range of profile customizations besides making friends and messaging. People quickly realized that they can become anyone and with whom they want.
Our escape route continued through cinematography and video games. Notable games like Sims, Second Life and Roblox are some of the earliest attempts to create a metaverse. They eventually evolved into augmented reality (AR) applications and then into virtual reality (VR), which is now closest to the digital world.
What is the Metaverse?
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The metaverse is an ambitious concept. In the final form, we will consider the digital representation of all aspects of the real world, such as the economy and the environment. Users will be completely immersed in a virtual lifestyle and will be able to do what they usually could never do in real life.
At the current stage of the metaverse, there are many offshoots, including those for special purposes such as cryptocurrency trading and NFT. Imagine Axie Infinity or Entropia Universe. If they do expand into their own metauniverses in the future, there will likely be more competition in this category.
However, the metaverse will be defined by two main types of atmosphere – economy and sandbox lifestyle. The former will support the monetary environment, while the latter will serve the virtual world without restrictions.
In the sandbox metaverse, we could meet friends and other people anywhere in the world. Routine tasks in the real world would be much more convenient in the metaverse. Things like trying on new clothes or test driving a car are easy to do from the comfort of your home (or the futuristic VR camera we might have by then).
Facebook has already announced the creation of the metaverse. Let’s face it, social media started it all, so they should just as well end it.
The project is reportedly worth billions of dollars and will mechanically revolve around Oculus technology. It will have a sandbox-style world as well as all social services including business meetings, concerts and shopping. While the hype is real, Facebook said it could take 10 to 15 years just to see the project’s viability.
The concept of the metaverse seems like a technological breakthrough, but it has some inherent problems. We believe that there are two main problems: decentralization and economy.
- Decentralization. For the real metaverse to work, it cannot run on central servers. Participation would mean the contribution of your computing resources, like in crypto mining. Nobody wants to be moderated in their own world. Facebook is not entirely known for its unwavering commitment to user privacy, so if it decides to centralize its metaverse we can imagine the implications.
- Economy. The metaverse economy is likely to depend on cryptocurrency, including in a sandbox environment. This could push the demand for cryptocurrency to the point of congestion. We will need to find ways to handle such heavy network loads. It also leads to excessive energy consumption and, in turn, affects the metauniverses themselves. Finding a balance between these factors would be extremely difficult, at least with the technologies that we have now.
Life was much easier when Windows 95 was the coolest thing you ever had. Now we spend hours of our lives on the Internet without even thinking about it. Even our money turned into numbers on the screen.
As long as we continue to develop our technology, the metaverse will continue to evolve. Each step towards its creation takes us much further from reality. Or is he closer to the best? Where would you be in the metaverse?
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