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• Zuckerburg said that the metaverse is a buzzword used to describe the next iteration of the internet: a persistent shared virtual world in which people interact as 3D avatars.
• Many in the crypto space see blockchain, particularly non-fungible tokens or NFTs, as factors of what the metaverse will be.
• Reality Labs was tasked with developing the company’s metaverse project called Horizon Worlds; however it has struggled to gain traction due to various issues such as lackluster demos and internal communications revealing that even Meta employees were not logging in.
• Meanwhile other players focused on building their own version of a metaverse have aligned themselves in opposition to Meta’s possible dominance of the space; The Open Metaverse Alliance—which includes members like Dapper Labs and The Sandbox—is pushing for an interoperable, blockchain-powered meta
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore a virtual world, where your actions have real-world consequences? This concept isn’t only a dream anymore; it is becoming reality. The metaverse is a new type of digital space that is being developed by companies such as Facebook and its parent company, Meta. It is essentially a mix of the physical and the virtual worlds, combining elements from social media platforms with aspects from computer gaming. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what the metaverse is, how it relates to the social media platform Facebook, its parent company Meta, and their massive job cuts, as well as blockchain-powered metaverse projects.
Remind Me What The Metaverse Is Again
The metaverse is an evolving term used to describe a shared virtual environment in which users are able to interact with each other in real time. Examples of such environments include augmented reality (AR) games like Pokémon Go and virtual reality (VR) experiences like the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR. It also encompasses aspects of both the physical and digital worlds; for example, users can purchase virtual goods with real money or use blockchain technology to transfer assets between users. The metaverse has been compared to the Matrix films or even Ready Player One; however, these comparisons aren’t quite accurate due to the fact that many of these experiences are not fully immersive yet.
What Does Facebook Have To Do With It?
Facebook has been one of the key players in developing technology for the metaverse since its purchase of Oculus in 2014. Since then, they have been working on creating a “social graph”—a map of all relationships between people—that will be used to power immersive experiences in AR/VR worlds. More recently, Facebook announced its plans for Reality Labs—an ambitious project aimed at creating more realistic VR/AR experiences for users—and Horizon Worlds—a set of open-source tools that developers can use to create their own customized VR/AR experiences.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg recently spoke about the idea of a metaverse. In a nutshell, the metaverse is a virtual world that replaces what we currently understand as the internet. Instead of using 2D avatars to interact with each other online, users can explore and socialize in 3D. It’s an idea that has been talked about for many years in science fiction films and books, but now Zuckerburg believes it will become reality soon. The thought is already exciting millions of people around the world, as they begin to imagine all of the amazing things that can be done with such technology – from exploring distant planets, to engaging in creative visual collaborations with groups around the globe.
Reality Labs has been tasked with creating Horizon Worlds, a metaverse project that would transform the way Metaverse users interact and experience their digital environments. Unfortunately, the project has failed to gain traction due to poor demonstrations and internal communication showing that not even Meta’s own employees were logging into Horizon Worlds. While problems might initially seem daunting, Reality Labs realizes that solutions exist to overcome these issues. This means taking responsibility for finding new and innovative ways to demonstrate Horizon Worlds’ full potential. Additionally, improved communications can lead to more efficiency and foster confidence in the project among team members. By addressing both serious problems head-on, Reality Labs may be able to ensure success in finally pushing their metaverse project forward.
Meta’s Massive Job Cuts
As stated above the work on Horizon Worlds has not produced any amazing results and because of this Meta continues to be bleeding money. With the loss of money inevitably comes the loss of jobs and in November, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he was cutting around 11,000 jobs from his parent company Meta in order to focus on developing products related to AR/VR technology and building out Reality Labs. The move had a significant impact on those affected by the layoffs as well as potential ripple effects throughout Silicon Valley as other tech companies may follow suit and cut their own staff in order to stay competitive in this rapidly growing field of technology
Other Metaverse Projects
The Open Metaverse Alliance, featuring members such as Dapper Labs and The Sandbox, is a collective of players aiming to build an interoperable metaverse using blockchain technology. While other companies have been working to create their own attempt at a metaverse, this alliance is adamant about keeping the space toward competitive and diverse instead of allowing one organization to rule it all. Their goal is for everyone in the world to use their services and learn from them, regardless of which company created the software they’re using. With their decentralized approach, they hope they can give users a choice over who dominates the landscape without compromising quality or creating any sort of monopoly in the process. The alliance has openly come out as being against the metaverse that Zuckerberg is creating however and hope for a metaverse that is truly decentralized.
Blockchain-Powered Metaverse Projects
Blockchain technology has become increasingly important for powering applications within the metaverse due to its ability to securely store data about digital assets such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). These tokens can represent anything from virtual land ownership rights within an AR game world or collectibles that are tradable between different realms within a larger metaverse ecosystem. There are also projects such as Open Metaverse Alliance which are aiming at making these realms more interoperable so that people can move freely between them without having to start over each time they switch worlds or platforms. This could lead us closer to realizing true cross-platform interaction within our increasingly connected world. Zuckerberg has stated his belief in an interoperable metaverse but has yet to commit to using blockchain technology for his company’s metaverse offering.
As we move closer towards realizing true cross-platform interaction within our increasingly connected world through blockchain-powered projects such as Open Metaverses Alliance, it becomes apparent how important it will be for companies like Facebook and their parent company Meta to lead this charge forward into uncharted territory in terms of technology development and job creation opportunities along with them too! Despite decisions like Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement earlier this year about substantial job cuts at his parent company meant for focusing more on AR/VR technologies development there still lies plenty of untapped potential here.
Not giving up
Zuckerberg continues to fight for the future of the metaverse and for his company to lead the charge despite the atrocious amount of money and jobs that have been lost so far. He has stated his belief in an interoperable metaverse but has yet to commit to using blockchain technology for his company’s offering. It remains to be seen whether or not this will happen or if the Open Metaverse Alliance and its other members will continue to lead the way forward without Facebook’s help. Regardless of what happens, it is evident that there is a massive opportunity for companies like Facebook and Meta to be at the forefront of technological innovation when it comes to the metaverse. As we move closer to realizing true cross-platform interaction within our increasingly connected world through projects such as Open Metaverse Alliance, staying ahead of the competition will be key for these companies in order to remain relevant. It is up to the industry leaders like Mark Zuckerberg and his company Meta to take a risk and embrace this new reality if they want to stay competitive in this ever-evolving landscape.
The future of the metaverse is uncertain, but what can be certain is that blockchain technology will continue to play an integral role in enabling interoperability between different platforms and services within the metaverse. This could lead to a more interconnected world in which users can move freely between different realms without having to start over each time they switch worlds or platforms. It will be interesting to see if companies like Facebook and Meta will take advantage of this potential or if they will be left behind in the face of the upcoming competition.