In order for the Facebook to much more accurately reflect the future goals of his organisation, Zuckerberg changed the name to Meta.
He has been open about his metaverse world and his predictions that people will eventually spend the majority of their time there.
Imagine living in a virtual world. One where you can meet up with friends, buy products and even work. All done through a wireless headset. This is what Mark Zuckerberg is calling the metaverse. An experience that Zuck is expecting to be the future of the internet.
Recently, Mark spoke with a channel. “A lot of people think that the metaverse is about a place, but one definition of this is it’s about a time when basically immersive digital worlds become the primary way that we live our lives and spend our time.”
Reasons behind Facebook’s Metaverse Fail
Along with their platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, Meta is going all in on this virtual world. But there are some serious problems in Zuck and Meta’s plans that no one is talking about. And there are three big reasons we’re going to go through that explain why Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse will fail.
So, the metaverse that Zuckerberg showed off in his 2021 presentation already exists… sort of. Only problem is it doesn’t look anything like what Zuckerberg was bragging about. In October of 2021, Zuckerberg revealed his vision for the metaverse.
In this presentation, he showed off a seamless and life-like experience. He sold the metaverse as something that could one day replace the real world. He demonstrated that you could have a house, hang out with friends and have meetings, all in this virtual world.
And some of those things are already happening right now. You can go shopping, join virtual chat rooms and even buy real estate. It just looks a lot different. Experts suspect that this vision of the metaverse is a long way away, or we might never see it.
Simply due to the technology never reaching this point. There’s only so much fidelity and visual realism you can get from a wireless headset. But regardless of what the metaverse looks like, it’s going to come with some significant issues.
For one, the idea of living with a virtual headset on is incredibly dystopian. One that could come with major implications, like cyber addiction and self-isolation. The metaverse could intensify mental health issues and create new challenges. And if you think online harassment now is bad?
Think of what it could be like in a virtual world. People can interact with you at will and invade your personal space. Sure it’s all virtual, but when you have a headset on, it can still be an uncomfortable experience.
In short, trolling and cyberbullying in the metaverse would be even worse than they are today. That’s because the metaverse doesn’t need to be a purely virtual world. Many people consider the metaverse to be the world of the internet intersecting with our reality. This is where NFTs and Augmented Reality (AR) tech come into play.
And people are beginning to consider their digital personas to be just as important as who they are in real life (IRL). How you portray yourself on Twitter and Instagram also bleeds into the real world. It’s not just Meta that’s bringing on the metaverse.
Reggie Fils-Aime Questions Metaverse Vision
Former Nintendo of America Inc. president Reggie Fils-Aime believes Facebook won’t have a significant impact on the future of the metaverse.
The gaming specialist was quoted by Bloomberg as saying: “Facebook itself is not a creative firm. According to Fils-Aime, Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is a firm that replicates rather than invents.
He believes that smaller companies will contribute far more to the development of a metaverse in which we could live our normal lives.
Companies like Microsoft, Snap and potentially even Apple are all getting involved in some way. Some with more gaming or social focus. And there’s a good chance it won’t involve a headset. Instead, it’ll be a pair of glasses that enhances your experience in the physical world.
The metaverse is likely to exist in some form, but Zuckerberg’s won’t be taking over our lives anytime soon. That’s why we’re giving it a 5% chance to succeed on our probability rating. But something that might exist one day is establishing a civilization on Mars. Could it happen? We’ll break it down in another article of “The Proficiency Post”.