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11 December 2021

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Meta (Facebook), Google, Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Tencent, and other technological giants claim that the modern internet will soon become outdated. Metaverses will come to replace the internet. These are virtual spaces where people can work, study, watch series, do sports, play, buy, sell goods, date people, and do many other daily routines. These companies start developing their metaverses to get a monopoly on the internet.

This article will tell you what metaverses are, how the users will see them, and what technologies are its ground. Moreover, we will advise you on choosing a development team to develop your metaverse or specific elements that can be integrated into other metaverses. 

What was the source idea of metaverses?

William Gibson’s books (Burning Chrome and the ‘Sprawl’ trilogy) and the anime Ghost in the Shell describe how virtual reality can merge our lives. Sources: on the left is the Neuromancer book cover, on the right is the Ghost in the Shell poster (1995)

It was not the IT giants who first spoke about the metaverses. These were the fiction writers. It is believed that Neal Stephenson came up with the term ‘metaverse’ in his cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, published in 1992. In the book, the Metaverse (Stephenson always writes this word with a capital letter) is a shared, virtual space that people access via a fiber-optic network,  and the image is projected to VR glasses. You can connect using your avatar and do precisely the same actions you can in the real world, yet the virtual world is different. It is a fantasy universe where magic exists, and you can live an extraordinary life full of adventure.

We can see the same concepts in other works. For example, William Gibson wrote Burning Chrome in 1982. It is not his most well-known work, yet here he has described virtual reality for the first time. In two years, it became the most significant part of the Neuromancer from the Sprawl trilogy. It became a prototype for Stephenson's metaverse and many other works like Ghost in the Shell (1991), The Matrix (1999), or Ready Player One (2018). 

Creating cyberspace describes the goal of Meta (Facebook), Google, and other corporations, since virtual reality in Gibson’s cyberspace is equally the same part of real-life as the internet is for us. Stephenson's Metaverse is slang for a virtual game that imitates fantasy reality.

Metaverse principles

Mark Zuckerberg, Meta (Facebook) CEO, believes that in the future, we will create, work, study, buy, entertain, and communicate in virtual reality. Source

In his report ‘Metaverse and How We’ll Build It Together’, Mark Zuckerberg stated that the best way to understand a metaverse is to experience it. However, it is challenging to do since it does not exist yet. In the second part, he shared his vision on the metaverses as a new version of the internet, ‘you do not simply watch the content, you participate in it.’ 

The New Internet offers you everything you can imagine. You can play games, watch movies, work, create, buy, communicate with friends and family, and many other things that we can not do because of the borders of smartphones and computers. But with virtual or augmented reality, all these will be possible. 

The metaverse will probably use several vital principles to function. A venture investor and writer, Matthew Boll, gave an explicit description to them. He says that a metaverse is a network of permanent, real-time visualized three-dimensional worlds and simulations that can maintain continuity of identity and objects. For it to function, the metaverse employs seven ground principles. 

Moreover, people will be able to transfer items from one metaverse to another. For example, you can buy a piece of equipment set in World of Warcraft and share it with Fortnite or Call of Duty. The appearance and the features of an asset in one metaverse are not necessarily identical to the formation and the features of an investment from the other world. For example, a pistol from Fortnite will become a sword in World of Warcraft.

In a perfect metaverse, people will own their avatars and virtual property, which must be protected by law.  If a user wants to pass his property (experience and content) on the legacy, they will do it as in the real world. Avatars can probably be given to if these are game characters. 

Who develops the metaverse projects?

Mark Zuckerberg has probably made the most assertive announcement about the intention of developing his metaverse. According to Google Trends, this was a hype topic after the conference. To prove his intentions, Facebook changed the company's brand name to Meta. Yet, many companies before developed their metaverses or planned to do it shortly. Here are some companies that build their metaverse:

What is the technical side of a metaverse?

In a nutshell, the technical side of a metaverse is a system of virtual reality having the following elements:

This description is enough for a general understanding of the virtual reality systems for an everyday user. If you want to know more, here is a detailed description of the technologies ground for the metaverses and related projects. 

NFT technologies. It is one of the critical elements of a metaverse since this technology provides the authenticity of an avatar and the metaverse’s objects. NFTs, help your avatars keep their appearance (face, body, clothes), contacts, history, experience, and content when transferring from one metaverse to another. For example, from Fortnite to Call of Duty.

Mark Zuckerberg’s avatar kept the appearance and the clothes when going from the virtual office to the virtual sea. This is an example of constant identity. Source.

Transferring reality to VR/AR. People need instruments to scan the actual space in real-time to use augmented reality. Next, it will create a 3D model and beam it to the VR/AR glasses of the users. These gadgets already exist, like VR BOX, where two cameras scan and the software scan the space of the natural world and builds a VR model, a #D map of surfaces and objects.

These are the 4th generation of VR BOX glasses by SNAP. They have two cameras that scan the surfaces and objects in front of the glasses. 

Mixed or Extended Reality (MX, XR). When a user is in VR or AR spaces, interacts with the object of a real-world *manages the digital machine, does a surgery, or types text on a laptop) or vice-versa (an architect creates a virtual model of a building, a spectator takes part in a virtual movie, a sportsman sees virtual signs on a sports ground). We need corresponding software solutions that are not yet developed to do these things. For example, the developers recently managed to teach a neural network such a simple task as defining the time for the analog clock. So, we are pretty far from the moment when a virtual object will adequately interact with the surfaces and things of the real world. 

Pokémon Go is a perfect example of how popular augmented reality can become. Also, it shows the limitations of this technology. Source

Distributed computing and storage. We need enormous computing powers to create metaverses of massive and vivid objects and contents. The easiest way is to distribute calculations among multiple nodes, as happens in blockchain systems or systems like Folding@Home. It is a non-profit project aimed at researching serious diseases and drug development.

In March 2020, the powers of Folding@Home exceeded the total capacity of the seven most powerful supercomputers. Source.

Artificial intelligence (AI). It is another critical technology that is a crucial part of the metaverse. AI is necessary to develop intelligent assistants for live interaction with people, fast software development, and develop more secure protection systems, enhancing the analytic methods (Big Data, science, marketing, etc.) and improving the biological virtual worlds. Also, it helps to strengthen the intellect of NPCs.

3D copy of Jensen Huang, Nvidia CEO. It can move its hands and speak about the world’s climate change. It is a perfect demonstration of an AI assistant created by Omniverse Avatar by Nvidia. Source

5G mobile data. A metaverse would not be able to function without a superfast mobile internet with low delays that is crucial for people to have access to a metaverse being anywhere and at any time. For example, the online game Second Life is a simulation of real life, which appeared even before smartphones became popular. For a long time, the game was successful. Still, it lost popularity, partly because it could not get a mobile version - mobile Internet at the time simply could not transmit the necessary amount of data.
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