What is the Metaverse?
With the rise of virtual reality, the Metaverse has become a hot topic, but what is it exactly? Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have all recently rebranded as Meta, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to create a digital space for people to work, play, and socialize. It will feature everything from augmented reality to VR technology, and many people in Silicon Valley believe the Metaverse is the next big leap in modern technology.
In a recent company call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about the metaverse. He said that he thinks it’s the “next big thing.” He also called Facebook a “metaverse company,” a reference to its recent rebranding as Meta Platforms. Although Zuckerberg made these comments in private, the term “metaverse” has become widely used in the tech world, and Facebook is heavily invested in virtual reality and is working to develop its own version of it.
While the term “metaverse” first surfaced in a 1992 novel by Neal Stephenson, its concept has grown over the years. Virtual reality, blockchain technology, and augmented reality are all part of the evolution of the metaverse. Facebook’s acquisition of the virtual reality hardware company Oculus in 2014, and the Ethereum network, which has since become a popular cryptocurrency, has boosted interest in the concept. Its creators are now working on creating the metaverse, but it will take time to fully realize it.