A future where physical and virtual realities emerge, and where everyone will hang out, work, learn, play, socialize, etc.
The beginning of the Metaverse has already happened.
One good example is the game Roblox: a Metaverse where players can hang out, play mini-games with each other, and build games, maps, experiences, and communities. Roblox, just like other games and Metaverses, is where friends meet, play, and socialize after school.
Millennials and Gen Z already spend a majority of their time online on some type of Metaverse. Online and social games like Minecraft and Roblox, and more immersive games like GTA Roleplay and VR Chat, all take place Metaverses. Seven-year-olds are spending all their free time on Roblox. They are growing up on the early version of the Metaverse and the pandemic has accelerated the overall move to it. Almost everyone in the world has been working, playing, and socializing online. With the evolution and gradual adoption of blockchain, crypto, and augmented and virtual reality, we are slowly beginning to pave the way to this new reality.
What is the Metaverse?
People have different views of the definition of the Metaverse. For some, it’s one single universe where everything happens: work, play, education, etc. To others, it is a combination of various metaverses/multiverses where each serves a purpose somewhat like what we have now on the Internet, with different games, apps for remote working, various social media, etc.
I think it’ll be something like the latter. I don’t think it’ll be possible to have one single Metaverse where everything happens. If this were the case, it would mean centralization, which also means that one single company will be in charge of it. I don’t think the future is going in that direction.
In my opinion, the Metaverse will be a stack of different applications, worlds, and multiverses where everyone can connect and have one single identity that is shared between all of them. With it, hopefully, we’ll also have total control over our data and privacy.
What is the Future of the Metaverse?
It’s super interesting to think about what the Metaverse can be and the future of humanity in it. Just like with smartphones, Internet, and social media these days, everyone will spend more time on the Metaverse than they do outside of it. I’m curious to see the percentage of users that will spend more time socializing and exploring the Metaverse than going out and exploring in the real world. This doesn’t mean that the Metaverse will be a world only accessible through virtual reality, or that we’ll be confined to a virtual world. Instead, we’ll be able to go out in the real world, wearing AR Glasses, and still be connected and interacting with the Metaverse.
Just like the Internet opened a lot of opportunities, so will the Metaverse. A good example is the people who build amazing constructions on Minecraft and similar games. Architectural skills will be in demand for people, companies, and brands that want to build something in the Metaverse. Voxel architects are a perfect example of that – professional 3D architects for the Metaverse.
A lot of new jobs will — and are already starting to — be created for the Metaverse. We will not only need people to work on the hardware and software that runs it, but we’ll also need people to promote and market it, as well as build cool experiences in each virtual world.
What do you think the Metaverse will be like…?