With the rise of virtual reality, the name metaverse has been making waves in Silicon Valley. Facebook has been at the forefront of virtual and augmented reality for some time now, especially with its recent renaming to Meta.
It seems that Apple, Google, Microsoft are also trying their best in this industry but Facebook had gained first mover’s advantage by not just showing off the interest but actually leaped on building, which will probably turn out to be something even bigger than all these companies combined – The Metaverse!
The metaverse refers to a digital universe that can be accessed through virtual reality, and it’s frequently used in recent works of science fiction. The idea of a metaverse has been around for quite some time, and it was first coined in 1992 by science-fiction author Neal Stephenson.
Zuckerberg says that the metaverse is the next evolution for social networking, moving past static user profiles that let people merely post comments and photos. To reach it, one would need to wear VR headsets or augmented reality glasses-goggles; it will be so detailed that they can superimpose digital realms onto our physical world in lifelike 3D form. There could also be projected holograms into real life from cutting-edge projection systems which are becoming increasingly popular these days!
When playing games online or over video chat via Facebook Messenger bots, one might experience something similar to what Zuckerberg had envisioned: feeling as if they are actually inside another person’s life taking part alongside them without being physically present at any given moment; sharing both space and time.
The metaverse would be an amazing place to display digital building designs in our physical offices. It will allow us the opportunity for true collaboration, so architects can show their work with others who are interested or working on projects right now–friends could even attend concerts without actually being at whatever concert venue they’re playing!
People can use several digital avatars to represent themselves: a more serious one for work, an easy-going and cartoonish one when hanging out with friends, or playing video games.
Mark Zuckerberg said nothing about Facebook’s future of its core online ad business in the metaverse, but presumably, it could make billions by showing people targeted ads for things they do inside a virtual world.