Have you heard of the metaverse?
Maybe you heard people talking about the metaverse or you’ve seen or
heard the word in the media, but what is it and where did the word come
The word metaverse first came to light in a science fiction book called
Snow Crash that was published in 1992. The term is a combination of the
words ‘meta’ and ‘universe’.
The way that metaverse is being used these days is to talk about a
network of 3D virtual worlds that are tied together in the form of some
kind of social connection. If that all sounds a bit vague, it’s because
the metaverse hasn’t yet become part of our day to day lives and so it’s
not easy to imagine what it is and how we will relate to it.
Try to imagine a virtual world that you can interact with and cross over
from one area to another. You can play a VR or AR video game with a
headset, but you are trapped inside the game, you can’t cross over into
another space. But with the metaverse you will be able to and you’ll
probably be using an avatar similar to avatars used in the 2003 platform
Second Life, which has often been described as the very first metaverse.
One of the leading tech companies in the metaverse space is Facebook. In
fact, in 2021, Mark Zuckerberg’s company renamed Facebook ‘Meta
Platforms’ and publicly committed to developing a metaverse.
Microsoft is not far behind. They bought the VR company AltspaceVR in
2017 and have included avatars and virtual reality meetings in their
Whatever the future holds, there are some changes coming if the tech
giants are behind the metaverse. So, I’ll see you in virtual reality!
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