While two billionaires raced to see who could get to space first, another was sat quietly thinking about how he was going to make his own dream come true. A metaverse. Mark Zuckerberg has recently held a keynote explaining that rather than exploring space, his ultimate goal is exploring what people would be able to achieve with a self-contained internet universe.
As reported by The Verge, all Zuck wants to do is make a metaverse. If you don't know what a metaverse is, don't worry because the concept isn't something we've ever seen a true representation of. The way Zuckerberg described it to the outlet was: "Where instead of just viewing content - you are in it. And you feel present with other people as if you were in other places, having different experiences that you couldn't necessarily do on a 2D app or webpage, like dancing, for example, or different types of fitness."
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He believes that it is the "embodied internet" and will "be the successor to the mobile internet, and creating this product group is the next step in our journey to help build it". The idea that it's the successor to the internet comes from the original person who coined the term metaverse, Neal Stephenson. The author wrote the 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash where humans use avatars in a virtual 3D space to interact and be with one another.
All of that sounds a lot like Ready Player One. The book and film take place on a ruined Earth where the best escape is into an online world where anything and everything is possible. Every iteration of world you could imagine is present and that's sort of the point of a metaverse. It should be a space where anything and everything is available to you.
It's hard to conceptualise what that means in the grand scheme of things, especially when Facebook would be the front of it, however, it'll certainly be intriguing to see how Zuck and the team go about trying to create this. Perhaps the closest thing we've seen so far is how Fortnite has appeared as not only a game but a platform for concerts and talk. Will Zuckerberg be able to one-up that?
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