“It’s better to be stunned by a clone, rather than blindsided by reality”.

The most predictable evidence of the progression of humanity is technology. A new technological creation that has been recently introduced is the ‘metaverse’. Metaverse is a fusion of two words - ‘meta’, which means ‘beyond’ and ‘verse’ which means ‘universe’. In the metaverse, we can use ‘avatars’ to represent ourselves, communicate with each other and establish a virtual community. We can make use of digital currency for entertainment and shopping.

The concept of Metaverse is not new. It was first introduced by the author Neal Stephenson in his novel named Snow Crash in 1992. He used the term ‘metaverse’ as a next-generation virtual reality-based internet. The Internet is something that we ‘browse’ but the metaverse is something where we can ‘live'. Metaverse cannot be compared with the internet. In the metaverse, users go across a virtual world with the use of technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital currency, etc.

The main purpose of metaverse is to build up a virtual world where all human activities can be accomplished in the form of digitalisation. It can include utilising the apps in an extended and physical virtual world, meeting people in virtual reality, travelling from one country to another, virtually, physical games, virtual animated bodies etc.

Metaverse feels like a hybrid of various online social experiences projected into this physical world. With the pace at which technologies are developing and various companies are implementing ingenious ideas around fascinating reality, it's only a matter of time before the metaverse becomes a reality.

by Shiwani
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