The metaverse is here. But what is it? And why does it have so many people buzzing?
If you have watched Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film ‘Ready Player One, you’ve probably thought wow this is so cool, but unrealistic and far away into the future.
But not anymore, not really. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s innovative new invention plans to merge the ideas of video games, education, entertainment, and many other avenues into one merged virtual reality platform.
Straight out of a sci-fi movie, this platform allows users to engage with each other from all over the world. Whilst social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook can be classified as web 2.0, the metaverse is exclusively the one and only web 3.0 that is within our midst.
Zuckerberg aims to create a maximalist version of Facebook, one that incorporates office work, social media presence, and entertainment. He claims that this fascinating new endeavor can not only be used for one’s entertainment but also benefit the greater good. For example, by allowing children living in far-off rural areas to have easier access to education.
However, some critics may argue that this change is occurring at a very suspicious time. Just as the US government attempts to break up his current company, a bold brand launch is initiated that has got almost everyone completely hooked.
This might be the best thing to happen to us this decade. But what if the consequences outweigh the benefits? What are the pitfalls in this all encompassing brand new adventure? Only time will tell.