- Tram Ho
Late last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed to his employees an ambitious new project. In the future, the company will not simply build interconnected social networks as well as develop the hardware to support them. Instead, Zuckerberg aspires to create a set of multidimensional and seamlessly connected experiences similar to the Metaverse virtual world in science fiction.
“Metaverse” first appeared in 1992 in Neal Stepheson’s science fiction novel Snow Crash. This term refers to a virtual world where people use their “substitutes” to interact with each other and with software in 3D online.
In 2019, the authors of DC Comis began using the term Metaverse to refer to a central form of reality that affects different universes and timelines.
Last January, venture capitalist Matthew Ball outlined some of the key features of Metaverse such as linking the real and virtual worlds, containing a fully developed economy, and providing unprecedented interoperability. Yes. In addition, users can carry their “substitute” and goods from one place to another in the Metaverse, regardless of who runs the place.
Earlier this month, the New York Times published an article indicating that some popular online games like Fortnite, Epic Games’ Roblox, and even Animal Crossing: New Horizons are increasingly having Metaverse elements.
During his presentation, Zuckerberg announced his intention to build a more inclusive version of Facebook that spans social media, work, and play. The company’s community, content creator, commerce, and virtual reality product-focused divisions will be leveraged in the near-term to realize this vision.
The Facebook boss said: “What I think is most interesting is how all of these areas come together into one big idea. The overall goal is to bring the Metaverse to life.”
According to Zuckerberg, Metaverse will bring great opportunities for content creators, independent artists, individuals who want to work remotely as well as people living in places with limited learning and entertainment conditions.
“Metaverse is the future of the Internet, a vision that embraces many companies or even an entire industry. You can think of it as the successor to the mobile Internet. Think of Metaverse as the embodiment of the Internet. viewing content, the user becomes a part of it,” Zuckerberg told The Verge.
The 37-year-old CEO thinks a perceptible Metaverse is the best environment for augmented reality devices, such as the Quest headset that Facebook’s Oculus division is developing.
The Verge evaluates both the vision and timing of Zuckerberg’s project introduction as very bold. The CEO announced the new project in the context of the US government trying to curb Facebook’s influence.
The US Congress is considering legislation that could force Facebook to transfer control of Instagram and WhatsApp and limit the company’s ability to acquire or provide services connected to hardware products in the future. .
Not long ago, US President Joe Biden called Facebook’s failure to control fake news against vaccines “murder”.
So, Zuckerberg’s idea of Metaverse will also be questioned about how this virtual space is managed, who is censoring the content or how its existence affects real life.
Currently, there are many problems that exist around “two-way” social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. When brought to 3D space, the complexity will certainly be multiplied many times.
Zuckerberg acknowledged that effective management when upgrading Facebook to Metaverse was a big challenge. However, the CEO is confident that he has a plan and will solve it with a 3-4 year roadmap to achieve specific milestones.
Source : Genk