Metaverse had generated a lot of hype. The topic was covered by almost every existing media outlet. But what is a metaverse and what is its purpose? To put it simply, it is cyberspace, a virtual world that should serve human connection. In a metaverse, a person is represented by an avatar, just like in a video game. People are supposed to enter a metaverse with the help of virtual reality headsets and be able to communicate with other people no matter where they physically are. It is a technophile’s nirvana that enables any person to travel through various 3D surroundings without leaving their couch. Something that sci-fi writers have been dreaming of for a long time.
Bill Gates predicts that in two to three years, all virtual meetings will move from 2D to 3D worlds in metaverses. Microsoft, Meta, Amazon, Tiktok, Apple and other tech giants are planning to invest money and efforts in creating their own metaverses. Fashion and beauty brands seem to be interested in the opportunity too. JPMorgan estimates the metaverse market at $1 trillion in yearly revenues.
The metaverse is meant to be a social experience. The awesomeness of metaverse is that you can communicate, work, play or make art with people who are not in the same physical space as you are. You don’t have to be in the same room, city or even country. It makes the concept of metaverse sound like something that can unite the whole world by overcoming the restrictions of geographical and political borders. But it also feels totally utopian because we don’t have the superpower of universal understanding even in real life. But what if it’s indeed possible to achieve it in cyberspace?