31 Dec 2021

Metaverse Predictions: It Will Be Harmful, Addictive, and Inevitable

Second Life debuted in 2003. I like to picture then 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm at Harvard, wearing his grey hoodie, hunched over a laptop coding away at the first version of The Facebook, when someone (maybe a Winklevoss) sent him an invite to the 3D service (probably via

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29 Dec 2021

Why AR, not VR, will be the heart of the metaverse

My first experience in a virtual world was in 1991 as a PhD student working in a virtual reality lab at NASA. I was using a variety of early VR systems to model interocular distance (i.e. the distance between your eyes) and optimize depth perception in software. Despite being a

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28 Dec 2021

Facebook to build metaverse with start-up that had US military contracts

An artificial intelligence company contracted to develop military intelligence and navigational capabilities for the US Department of Defence will now be used by Facebook to build the metaverse. Facebook, which recently rebranded as Meta, acquired synthetic data start-up AI. Reverie in August, and consolidated it into its Reality Labs division dedicated

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27 Dec 2021

How AI, VR, AR, 5G, and blockchain may converge to power the metaverse

Emerging technologies including AI, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 5G, and blockchain (and related digital currencies) have all progressed on their own merits and timeline. Each has found a degree of application, though clearly AI has progressed the furthest. Each technology is maturing while overcoming challenges ranging from blockchain’s

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27 Dec 2021

Metaverse: overhyped or the next internet revolution?

A virtual space race to the ‘metaverse’ has begun. What does this immersive online future hold, why is it important, and where do we find value? As investor interest surges, we weigh up the short-term hype and long-term opportunities. When Facebook changed its name to Meta Platforms1 in October, the word

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24 Dec 2021

Consultants Are Entering the Metaverse – Literally

Animoca-owned metaverse The Sandbox is heralding the arrival of the suits: in this instance, consulting firm PwC Hong Kong. The Sandbox team said Thursday that the business consultancy bought some LAND, virtual real estate represented as a non-fungible token (NFT). A PwC Hong Kong representative wouldn’t specify which plot it bought

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22 Dec 2021

Elon Musk: metaverse isn’t ‘compelling’ and Web3 ‘more marketing than reality’

The metaverse and Web3 are two trends supposedly set to revolutionize the digital world. But the richest man IRL, Elon Musk, is not keen on either. In a recent interview, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said he couldn’t see a compelling use-case for the VR-driven metaverse, and derided Web3 —

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21 Dec 2021

Why The Metaverse Is Marketing’s Next Big Thing

One of the biggest new platforms for marketing became very clear during the pandemic: metaverse marketing. For those not familiar with the actual term, metaverse is defined as an immersive, digital environment populated by virtual avatars representing actual people. Still not clear what it means? Think of the hit video

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21 Dec 2021

3 Benefits to Becoming a Landlord in the Metaverse

May you live in interesting times — it’s a phrase that isn’t a blessing or a curse, but a daunting prescription to those who tingle with the entrepreneurial spirit. Interesting times for us can mean a lot of things, but they almost always represent exploring uncharted financial territory. “May you

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20 Dec 2021

The metaverse: Who will be securing it — and how?

With the metaverse being talked up everywhere — even though the concept still seems to be a bit vague — concerns about safety have bubbled up, and you wouldn’t be along in wondering what cybersecurity challenges may come with it. The metaverse, a concept of the next incarnation of the Internet,

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