Lately, globally, there has been a lot of content and information being read, listened to and viewed about a new technological field, a new technology, a new multipurpose platform able to take our online experience to a new level. And this is called the "Metaverse".
"Metaverse" is an acronym formed from the word "Meta", Meaning "Transcendent", and the last 2 syllables from the word "Universe", in other words, "verse". Therefore, its meaning applied to this technology seeks to show its potential, in terms of making users experience a new reality, a artificial and online reality, with virtual worlds y 3D digital characters (Avatars).
Furthermore, the first recorded use of the word and the concept of "Metaverse" is assigned to the science fiction novelist named "Neal Stephenson". Who used it in his 1992 novel called "Snow Crash" to describe a "Virtual world" where its protagonist "Hiro", live, buy, play and defeat your real world enemies using a "3D Avatar" like everyone else. Although, others allude to the fact that it was in the great 1984 novel by "W" call "Neuromancer".
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Technologies prior to the creation of the Metaverse
Before entering fully into the subject of "Metaverse", it is worth highlighting something very important. And it is that, the technologies of Virtual Reality (RV) y Augmented Reality (RA), and others such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Computing and 5G / 6G, they have a lot to do with him "Metaverse" that is being born.
Since they are all closely linked to massive data management in real time and online, which is essential for the operation of the "Metaverse".
These technologies and many others, we have already addressed them in a general and specific way, both in our previous publication on the Fourth Industrial Revolution that we are living, as in the one related to Dominant Technology Trends for 2021 and years to come.
However, we will mention them again to make it clear what they are and will continue to be the Most relevant technologies during 2022:
- Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
- The Internet of Things, Internet of People and Internet of All
- Autonomous Driving and Drones
- 5G Networks and WiFi Networks 6
- Quantum and Cloud Computing
- Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Neurotechnology
- Telemedicine, Teleeducation and Telework
- Deep Learning and Big Data
- 3D Printing, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
- The new energy generation and storage systems
Metaverse: The Artificial Reality on the Internet
What is the Metaverse?
Because, the "Metaverse" It is a technology in full development, which is just beginning to be implemented by some organizations, there is no common, global or universal definition of it.
However, despite this, some tech giants, such as Target (Facebook) that seeks to be at the forefront of its development and implementation. And many others, like Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, NVIDIA, Epic Games, and other Europeans and Asians, who are also on the march looking for a piece of the cake of this technology and new business model.
But meanwhile, one could define the "Metaverse" as a digital universe full of many online worlds, which will be ideal for working, studying, having fun, playing, doing business and interacting with others, through 3D avatars using virtual reality and augmented reality.
A space where intensive use will be made of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), so that they allow individual ownership and the creation of economies, markets and online businesses, in a faster, more secure way, and even privately and anonymously, if necessary.
"The Metaverse is the next evolution of social connection. The 3D spaces of the metaverse will allow you to socialize, learn, collaborate and play in ways that go beyond what we can imagine." Meta Web (Before Facebook)
As the "Metaverse" by some great figures and influencers of technology, it must at least present the following 5 features essential to be viable, massive, reliable, safe and accessible to the majority. And these are:
- Allow participants to feel the real and effective presence of the environment and other participants.
- Provide the greatest possible interoperability between all the different virtual worlds, their elements and assets.
- Implement a functional standardization of the technologies and processes used, especially in an open way.
- Favor the commercial management of digital assets, such as Cryptocurrencies and NFTs, as well as fiat money.
- Offer total persistence and a massive scale, so that all those who wish can enter, and that everything acquired or built can never be easily lost or eliminated.
"My biggest concern about the Metaverse is: Are we ready?" RealityPrime CEO, Avi Bar-Zeev
The Metaverse from a free and open perspective
For now, the "Metaverse" in its beginnings it will be led by technological giants from around the world. Many of them seriously questioned for the mismanagement of their users' data, especially to generate unlimited business and financial resources. Therefore, it is essential that the "Metaverse" also offer guarantees of a reliable and secure participation.
Consequently, the creation and implementation of the proper privacy, anonymity, and cybersecurity measures. So that all its participants can work, study, play and shop, with total naturalness and efficiency, knowing that your data and activities are safe and safe from repeated misuses by technological giants, and from frequent and successful computer attacks by cybercriminals.
Also, hopefully they will ensure that most of their codes, technologies, and processes are free and open. And that at the same time, viable opportunities are generated for Communities and Organizations from the field of Free Software, Open Source and GNU / Linux, can offer free and open spaces, activities and services, within it, for all those who wish it.
"Some believe that the definition (and success) of a Metaverse requires that it be a strongly decentralized platform built primarily on community-based standards and protocols (such as the open web) and an "open source" Metaverse platform or operating system. (This does not mean there will be no dominant closed platforms in the Metaverse). " The Metaverse: What is it, where to find it, who will build it, and Fortnite? from Matthew ball
In summary, the "Metaverse" looms like the "Internet of the future". An Internet with a new level and user experience that will allow, in a fast and friendly way, work, study and fun activities, in a way as close as possible, to how we do it in real life. And of course, with a substantial improvement for the business, buy and sellthanks to one greater integration and usability of the Cryptocurrencies and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
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