Metaverse explained: the future of the internet.

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Metaverse future of the internet

You might not believe this but this word isn’t yet in most of the dictionaries we use.

How do you define a word that isn’t even in the dictionary? We are talking about the word Metaverse.

When you think of the Metaverse, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It’s certainly: future.

This has to do with Web 3.0, which stands for connecting people, places and things. We used to have computers for internet connection, then powerful and fast mobile phones came and it all changed. Now, we are about to change it all again…

Are we ready? Let’s crack on…

I recently came across a wonderful podcast hosted by Kathy Hackle, this would be Metaverse Marketing podcast and I would strongly encourage you to have a listen to it.

They gathered interviews and thoughts from the supposed supreme experts in order to define this new reality.

What exactly is the Metaverse? Well, there is no single answer, it basically depends on who you ask.

For someone, the Metaverse is the convergence of the digital and the physical, for others it represents a desire to go into a new world that’s like the real world in every way, but somewhat better.

We agree on one thing: the Metaverse is a powerful mix of different immersive experiences that humans can breathe on a multilevel space.

The growing interest on it

Let’s be honest, many of us were amazed at the news that Mark Zuckerberg announced at the end of 2021: Facebook has started transitioning to a Metaverse company.

Right, but what exactly is the Metaverse Facebook is going towards?

According to him, “It’s a virtual environment. We can be present with people in digital spaces, and you can kind of think about this as an embodied internet that you’re inside of, rather than just looking at.”

Defining a new term and this new scenario ahead is not easy to explain, but let’s try this way.

In Web 1.0, we had the Internet, which connected us to information at unprecedented speeds and scale.

Web 2.0 connected people through the Internet, which gave us the social media platforms we all know.

Web 3.0 is about connecting people, places and things. Sometimes these people, places and things can be fully virtual or synthetic, while at other times they can be in the physical world with a level of augmentation.

Matthew Ball, a metaverse pioneer, explains that when Web 1.0 was just emerging, we were all trying to use words to describe things that didn’t exist. At that time, the Internet was called the information superhighway. As you know, we never call the internet that way…

We’re trying to use the language of today to describe the future.

The origin of the term

The term was coined by Sci-Fi writer Neil Stevenson in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, the Metaverse as an escape from reality. But does it have to be an escape, or can it be more than that?

The Metaverse represents this desire to go into a new world that’s like the real world in every way, but better, where we’re powerful or free or whatever else.

But to get there we need technologies that make it possible to empower this vision, whether that’s the computing that is required or the blockchain to provide an economic backbone and give us the ability to buy and sell and trade, generating an economy.

But let’s talk about the underlying technology for a moment, because even though it’s not the same thing as the Metaverse, it’s important to understand how we get there.

When most people think of the Metaverse, they think of virtual reality. Headsets like those produced by Oculus have become less heavy and cheaper over the years.

The graphics have improved, and so has the latency but is strapping on a headset and entering an Oasis the only way to enter the Metaverse? Vr is an entry point in one of the enabling technologies, but it’s not the only one.

Things like VR AR, you’ve got 5G where the Internet and everything’s just getting faster. Computing power is getting faster. No surprise to anybody who’s done anything digital in the past 18 months.

But the pandemic has poured gasoline on anything and everything digital. And what we saw through this is that people were not only just spending more time online, but spending time in these new worlds that were also emerging at this point in time.

While it’s important to understand the hardware, as I mentioned before, the hardware isn’t the whole story. It’s the vehicle that gets us there.

But where exactly is there?

To conclude with, if you’re more confused about the Metaverse now than when we started, you’re not alone my friend.

We’re living in unprecedented times and we are somewhat pioneers, leading the way for the birth of future developments that will become ordinary life for our growing children.

This is the future of the internet, how much are you excited for what’s coming?