Metaverse, also known as Virtual Reality, is an umbrella term for virtual environments that allow users to interact with each other and share data. The term was coined by Jaron Lanier in his book “Who Owns the Future?”
In this article I will discuss the current state of metaverse technology and its potential applications.
The metaverse is a computer-generated environment where people can interact with each other and share information. It has been described as a virtual reality that combines elements of the internet, the telephone network, the television, and the gaming world. The metaverse is based on a combination of three technologies:
* 3D graphics
* Augmented reality
The metaverse is most commonly described as a computer-generated environment where users can create and share their own virtual worlds. These worlds are typically represented using 3D graphics. The user can enter these worlds using a variety of devices, such as a head mounted display or a simple web browser. Users can then interact with each other and share their experiences.
The metaverse is often compared to the online game Second Life, which allows users to create and inhabit virtual environments. However, Second Life is a closed system, meaning that users must be members of the Second Life club to use it. In contrast, the metaverse is open source, meaning that anyone can build and run a metaverse using freely available software.
The first real life implementation of the metaverse is the Metaverse Project, which was developed by Jaron Lanier at the University of California, Berkeley. The Metaverse Project consists of two components:
* A platform for creating and running metaverse applications
* An application development kit (ADK) for building metaverse applications
The Metaverse Platform
The Metaverse Project’s goal is to provide a set of open source tools that will allow developers to build metaverse applications. These applications will allow users to create and interact with each other in virtual worlds.
The Metaverse Project currently consists of the following components:
* The Metaverse Platform
* The Metaverse Application Development Kit (ADK)
* The Metaverse Simulator
The Metaverse Application Development Kit
The ADK is a set of open source tools for developing metaverse applications. This includes a programming language, a set of libraries, and a set of tools for testing the application. The ADK is designed to be used with any operating system, but it is primarily intended for use on Linux.
The Metaverse Simulator
The simulator is a test environment for running metaverse applications. The simulator allows users to run metaverse applications on a desktop computer without having to install a metaverse application on their own machine.
The Metaverse Platform and the ADK are being developed by the Metaverse Project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. They are also supported by several companies, including Intel, Sony, and Microsoft.