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What about the Metaverse?

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What is the metaverse?

It’s actually a big question with some pretty dynamic answers. Let’s dig in.

The metaverse is a digital, virtual world that exists on the internet in a still very primordial form. It is a vast, dynamic space where users can create and interact with virtual realities. The metaverse is generally platform that allows anyone to create and participate in virtual worlds. It’s a place where you can meet friends, explore new environments, discover new technologies, and make new connections.

Think Ready Player One. However the concept is a bit older than that blockbuster movie. But it will give you some idea of where we are going with this. The term Metaverse was popularized by the Sci-Fi author Neil Stevenson in his critically acclaimed book, Snow Crash. But the idea also referred to as cyberspace is really the origin of this new world. The ideas if cyberspace were presented the breakthrough novel Neuromancer by William Gibson. This concept has given rise to the story genre known as Cyberpunk and ties directly to the Matrix franchise. So essentially the metaverse is is a whole new universe inside our universe.

The metaverse is still being created and has a long way to go before it is fully realized. There are numerous challenges to overcome, such as creating reliable graphics rendering engines, ensuring seamless experiences for users, and fostering a sense of community and trust within the metaverse. But with the right vision, resources, and commitment from creators and stakeholders, the metaverse has the potential to be the most powerful medium for creativity, education, and entertainment ever imagined.

What are the qualities of the metaverse?

With all that said above, we still haven’t said much about what it actually is. Here are some basic qualities most metaverse experts believe it should have.

  • Interconnected virtual worlds allowing users to travel virtually to any number of environments.
  • It will support the portability of user’s virtual digital assets and data.
  • It will be decentralized. No one organization, company, or country will own or control all of it.
  • It will support digital currency for global finical exchange.
  • It will be accessible through VR gear, but will likely also support home computers as well as mobile at some level.
  • It has it’s origins in the video game industry. But it will support business, education, and other forms of entertainment.
How will the metaverse be used?

One of the most exciting uses of the metaverse is in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality. Virtual reality immerses users in a simulated environment that can be manipulated by them. Augmented reality adds digital elements to the user’s surroundings, which can be viewed through a pair of glasses or a smartphone app. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize medicine, education, entertainment, and many other fields.

The metaverse can also be used for therapy and counseling sessions. Using virtual reality therapy helps patients deal with trauma or anxiety by letting them immerse themselves in a safe space. Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy has been recognized as use case that has great potential to change lives.

The metaverse will be used for many different purposes. It will be used in virtual reality games and simulations, in online groups and communities, and for training and education. It will also play a vital role in the future of technology by allowing for the advancement of new technologies such as self-driving cars, automated factories, and robotics. The metaverse has the potential to change the way we live our lives and make decisions every day.

Personify Inc recognizes all of this potential and is leading the way in innovation. We began this journey to the future with the introduction of our 3D avatars we lovingly call Chromatars. But we are not stopping there. 2023 will see our most revolutionary software yet. Our teams of developers are looking at the future in our labs and we are as excited about this new amazing technology as you are. Wait until you see what we have instore for you. It’s going to blow your mind. See you in the metaverse.

About the Author
Jeremiah Barkman, Product Manager, Personify Inc

Jeremiah began his journey to the Metaverse in the early 80’s with his first computer, the Commodore VIC-20. Spending his youth in Redwood City California, in the heart of Silicone Valley, he was astounded by the emergence of the home computer. Jeremiah created his first AI algorithm at the age of twelve as a thought experiment after watching the sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Later as a teenager he hosted a BBS on his Commodore 128D, helping to bring the early tech community together. He now directs a team of talented programmers, envisioning new ways to expand the human potential through Intelligence Augmentation.