As the conversations on the metaverse continue to gain momentum, many experts tout it as the next evolution of the internet. But, just how reasonable is it to consider that as a possibility?
For the answer to this, we need to define the features of the metaverse and how they may be an improvement over the internet we currently have.
So, what are the defining traits that have made – or can make – the metaverse the next upgrade to our internet?
One of the most widely-known and celebrated aspects of the metaverse is the ability to create a digital avatar to represent yourself within the metaverse.
Avatars can be considered an unconventional representation because, even though they are often exact replicas of the people they represent, they can also take any form that you wish them to, be it an animal, an alien, or a copy of your favourite celebrity.
Avatars enhance the sense of community that we find on the internet. Imagine if everyone who used the internet (over 4 billion people) had a replica of themselves online that could travel anywhere, interact with anyone, and share their knowledge face to face.
People often associate the metaverse with VR headsets and futuristic bodysuits that will immerse us in this other world, but that’s just one way to get into the metaverse. You can experience the metaverse using your phone, laptop, or tablet.
Although VR is exciting and the most immersive way to experience the metaverse, it is essential to remember the other methods that make up the infrastructure to help keep us connected.
The metaverse can open up a whole new world of experiences, the likes of which we have not seen within our current internet. You can sit in a meeting room with your colleagues, hang out with friends in a virtual bar or just take a stroll in the park.
Students can join a virtual classroom and collaborate remotely, and then the teacher can take them on field trips and give them hands-on learning experiences, all encompassed within the metaverse.
One of the biggest online challenges is cyber threats, an issue that must be addressed within the metaverse. Just like the internet now and different online communities, there will always be a need to make remote transactions secure and monitor people’s behaviour to ensure they are acting ethically.
No matter who has control, the metaverse will be an unlimited pool of data, so those controlling it will have to make sure of its security.
The potential of the Metaverse is immense, and its impact on society and how humans interact with each other would be profound. Sci-Fi and fantasy movies, particularly Ready Player One and Tron, have given us glimpses of what the future could hold for us if the metaverse reaches its full potential.
It promises to be a more immersive, interactive, and collaborative tool than the internet, and it seems only a matter of time before the metaverse becomes the new reality.
Founded in 2018, ARize is an industry leader in the 3D and AR industries. With an ethos of putting the power into the hands of the creators, their vision is revolutionising e-commerce, blockchain technologies and metaverse spaces. ARize is on a mission to bring 3D and AR capabilities to everyone, supercharging the visual experience it brings.