What is the Metaverse and How will it change the Internet?

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Metaverse, You’ve probably heard this term a lot lately on social media platforms or in the news. Some of you must have heard it for the first time when Facebook changed its name to Meta in November 2021 to enter the world of the metaverse.

Since then, the Metaverse has become a worldwide phenomenon. Justin Bieber recently hosted a concert in the Metaverse where he performed his latest album as his digital avatar replicated him and thousands of people around the world attended it.

Not only that, but an Indian couple decided to marry in the Metaverse, and another couple held their wedding reception there as well. To think about it, since large gatherings with thousands of guests are not permitted due to the ongoing pandemic, hosting a wedding in the Meta rather than the real world sounds like a fantastic idea.

You don’t even have to wear masks or worry about catching the virus or even decide what to wear! But, most importantly, all of this shows that Meta will become mainstream sooner than we may imagine.

It has already started to make a place in our online world globally. So, the entry of metaverse into our online life is going to be much smoother than people think. But, what is Metaverse? What is so exciting about it? How do we use it? Why do we need it? And how will it affect our life? If you are intrigued by all these questions, stay tuned till the end of this article to know everything about this crazy virtual world!

What is Metaverse?

Because the Metaverse has yet to become a fully realized reality, there is no ideal definition that can adequately describe it. So, just imagine. It’s 2035, there is an online world where there are digital versions of everything around us – people, houses, land, daily use products, school, office, stores, markets, playing area, and pretty much everything else that constitutes our real world. It’s like a virtual copy of our real world. You can even buy and sell things, just not in actual cash, but with cryptocurrency and NFTs.

 

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And, anyone can enter this 3D virtual world through their phone, virtual headset, AR glasses, or similar advanced gadgets. Well, that’s Metaverse in a nutshell.

Now, let’s get into its details. So, currently, we use the internet in 2 dimensions. We use our phones, laptops, tablets to access the internet to read, write, play and interact online. We can text, make audio, or make a video call to talk to people and socialize right?

But, in Meta world we will be using the internet in 3D. We will be able to virtually access the internet and interact with the digital representations of people, places, and things. It’s almost like watching a movie in 3D where you can virtually experience the movie, It’s as if you’re literally inside the scenes, and you feel like you’re a part of it, although virtually!

So, if the internet is a place then Metaverse is simply a highly immersive 3D version of it. You can do everything that you do in the current online world, but in Metaverse, you will be in the middle of the action.

You can play games, hang out with your friends, catch up with your colleagues, buy lands, try out new clothes, attend events, concerts, and whatnot. But, what makes Metaverse different from the current internet is that you will experience everything in 3D.

This next-generation internet is made up of :

  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Social media
  • Online gaming
  • Cryptocurrencies

Okay, all of these realities might sound confusing to you right now since the Metaverse could still take another 5 to 10 years to go mainstream. So, let me give you some current real-life examples of Metaverse to help you understand the concept in the simplest way possible.

 

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Real-Life Examples of Metaverse

Here are some Real-life examples of Metaverse:

1. 3D Avatars

Currently, we all have profile pictures on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, or Twitter but in Metaverse, we will all have our very own 3D avatars, which will be able to copy our expressions and movements. In fact, something similar is already available to us right now, like on an iPhone, we have memojis that can copy our actual facial expressions.

There are Avatars on Snapchat that look like us. We can change their clothes, hair and make them look how we want our avatar to look. So, the way we are currently obsessed with our Instagram or Facebook pictures, we will make an effort to make our 3D avatar look the best.

2. Immersive

Secondly, with current internet platforms, if you want to talk to your colleagues or attend an online class, you get on a video calling app and talk to them virtually, and, we all know how boring it gets sometimes right? Because it is not that immersive. It does not give us the impression that we are genuinely there with them.

But, in Metaverse, you will be able to virtually be with them and interact with them in a more immersive way, where your avatar can sit with others in a virtual office space or a digital classroom. For example, you will be able to give your friend a high-five in the metaverse, and they will be able to feel it, in reality, thanks to a sensation-based glove or a similar device.

So, it will be much more fun to interact online. And, to make it happen, tech companies are already working on building such platforms. Microsoft has already announced two such products – one is the Mesh app which you can view in 3D and AltspaceVR, which will be used to hold meetings in virtual reality.

3. Boundless

Metaverse is boundless. There are no restrictions on how many individuals may use it at the same time, what you can accomplish in the metaverse, or which industries can use it. It enlarges the horizon. From gaming, real estate, entertainment, fashion, and live events to corporate, there is something for everyone.

All the industries will have something to offer in the Metaverse. Like today, if you want to buy a house, you have to physically go to that place and take a good look at it. But, in Metaverse, you will be able to wear your AR glass and virtually move around the house to check it out.

Let me give you another example, if you want to buy something online today, you take a look at its pictures, videos or maybe a 3D image on your phone and buy it.

Now, in the metaverse, you will be able to enter the store virtually and see everything in 3D, which will make the shopping experience much more immersive.

Like today, you can go on Lenskart’s website and try on the glasses without physically going to the store. The Metaverse will now solve a variety of new real-world problems.

How does it affect our online life?

Change is always scary, but the entry of the Metaverse into our lives might not be as dramatic as people may think. It will definitely change the way we use the internet today, but Metaverse is not too far from becoming a reality.

Some of its uses are already seen in our daily lives. Moreover, because we already spend a lot of time online or in the digital world as a result of the pandemic, the Metaverse will slowly become a part of our online life in a much more seamless manner than we imagine.

But, we can’t completely ignore the risks involved. So, with Metaverse, we might become more disconnected from our physical world. It might become an escape from our actual life, as we will be able to do much more in the metaverse than we can do with the internet currently.

Some of us might not be able to differentiate between the Metaverse and our real-world and get too comfortable with their virtual 3D avatars than our real selves.

It is only a matter of time before the Metaverse becomes an expansive fully-functional ecosystem like the internet today, but for it to get there, it will have to overcome all these challenges:

  • Privacy
  • Security and Data Storage
  • Metaverse Currency & Payments Systems
  • Legal and Jurisdictional Systems

and many more, So that’s all there is to Metaverse for the time being. I’m quite interested to see what the next generation of the internet has in store for us. Please let me know what you think about Metaverse in the comment section, and thank you for reading.

 

 

 

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