Golden Word – The term metaverse could be read for the first time in 1992, in the Novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. This book imagines a virtual world with dystopian airs, a mirror of our reality. The concept of metaverse was then taken up in other artistic sectors such as cinema. Alpagated by the universe of the blockchain, represented by large companies such as The Sandbox, the metaverse then seduced more than one. Faced with this phenomenon, the GAFAMs also confirm their interest in the creation of a global metaverse, a new social space to be conquered. This coming standardization worries, questions and invites debate. Vitalik Buterinfounder ofEthereum (ETH)took part in the discussions in a Twitter thread this weekend.
On July 31, 2022, Vitalik Buterin therefore gave his point of view on the future of the metaverse.
“ The “metaverse” is going to happen, but I don’t think any of the existing attempts by companies to intentionally create the metaverse are going anywhere. »
Vitalik Buterin – Source: Twitter
The creator ofEthereum explains that the metaverse is at too embryonic a stage to know what its users will want. The creator thus takes the example of Meta, formerly Facebook. According to Vitalik Buterinthe conquest of the social media giant will be led to failure. What would be the reason? A lack of clear definition on the term.
“My criticism goes deeper than ‘the Metaverse Wikipedia will beat the Metaverse Encyclopedia Britannica’. It’s that we don’t really know the definition of “metaverse” yet, it’s far too early to know what people really want. So anything Facebook creates now will fail. »
Tweet Vitalik Buterin – Source: Twitter
The metaverse is often described as a virtual, 3D, interconnected world that mirrors our reality. However, between this theoretical definition and what we manage to create in practice today, there is a gap. This gap then forces a redefinition of the metaverse as we can anticipate it, but also as theuser and community will shape it.
In the reality, the helmets are big, impractical and not really ergonomic. The possible interactions are limited by what technology allows us to do. In addition, the price of virtual reality or augmented reality headsets is still high. Mass marketing is therefore impossible at this stage.
The behemoths of finance demand centralization which also clashes with decentralization, the motto of the metaverse as implied by the blockchain. In fact, not long ago, the GAFAMs and other large companies such as Sony, Meta, etc. gathered in a consortium. The goal? Decide on common standards and infrastructures for their metaverse.
Despite everything, and no one doubts it, not even the creator of the largest altcoin: the metaverse is inevitable. But it is true that a metaverse, pale copy of a Facebook account is disillusioned. Worn out by this functioning and these constraints, the place is now for free creation and governance. How will it then be shaped? The Sandbox or the very recent metaverse other side Bored Ape Yatch CLub continue to offer us perhaps the most relevant answers, placing them at the center of the equation the game and the player experience.
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