You've probably heard of it but don't know what it really is? You've come to the right place, let us explain to you what the metaverse is, in the simplest way possible.
The metaverse, definition and purpose
Let's start at the beginning, the metaverse is above all the combination of two English words "meta" and universe". Before becoming this digital universe, the term was coined by Neil Stephenson in 1992 in his science fiction novel "Snow Crash". Virtual reality offers a three-dimensional world where the limits of the internet are pushed. Previously we were only talking about video games with a person at a distance from the screen who could control it with a joystick or a game boy. Then Facebook became the main investor in the metaverse and turned it into this three dimensional world. The aim was to get as close as possible to reality.
The metaverse is a virtual world in which you can interact, thanks to the internet. Create your avatar, and you will find yourself in this world full of possibilities. It is like a representation of society, in virtual form. You can go to New York City in a second, sit on a bench in Central Park, meet someone and talk about the weather. All the interactions you have with other avatars are also humans behind their headsets or computers.
What about in a professional setting?
The metaverse is a great hobby, but above all it is a real professional opportunity. To all those companies that telecommute and don't have premises, forget it, those days are over! Rent a workspace in the heart of a skyscraper in Dubai, in the business district of London, wherever you want. Join your colleagues and experience meetings that are much more fun and stimulating than video conferencing. These business opportunities are for everyone. This is the magic of the metaverse, attend conferences on the other side of the world that you would not otherwise be able to attend due to time and space constraints.
As you can see, the metaverse is a bit like discovering a planet where life is possible. But don't get me wrong, the augmented reality headset is only the first chapter of the book. The goal is for the internet to become a metaverse, where avatars can move from site to site, from shop to shop. A first draft appeared a few years ago with the game Pokémon Go, where you could capture Pokémon hidden everywhere you were. So, do you want to discover a new planet?