It’s critical to remember that the word “Metaverse” has been overused and is not yet real. Even believers in the idea differ on the specifics of what it would be.
Will different virtual worlds interact in a currently impossible manner between competing technologies? Instead of in the real world, we will spend much more time there. Would these new spaces require whole new regulations?
Although none of these issues has a solution, there hasn’t been a lack of interest or exaggeration as businesses recognize a potential new source of revenue.
Author Neal Stephenson first used the phrase “Metaverse” about thirty years ago. The protagonist of Snow Crash discovers a better life for himself in a virtual reality setting.
In October 2021, perhaps the most audacious step toward turning this fiction into reality occurred. At that time, Facebook announced that it was changing its moniker to Meta and had begun to invest billions of dollars in becoming a company that specialized in the Metaverse. This concept was strongly influenced by its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg’s idea has yet to win over Herman Narula, chief executive of Implausible. This company creates the software used to create Metaverse regions, as well as the author of the book Virtual Society.
The editor of the tech publication Immersive Wire, Tom Ffiske, believes it is too early to consider a career in the Metaverse. The notion of the Metaverse remains hazy and up for debate; therefore, defining it is still challenging,” he claims. It’s hard to predict if we’ll be working in the Metaverse in the future because the phrase alone needs to be debated and better defined.
The chief creative officer at the digital branding company RGA is Tiffany Rolfe. She has previously worked in the Metaverse, as have certain crew members.
During an outbreak, the company built Verizon, a virtual American sports stadium in Fortnite, and they also collaborated with Meta to develop a music-themed world for Horizon Worlds.
According to Ms. Rolfe, “those who would ordinarily be on a computer designing things had to put on headphones and collaborate with builders within the world.”
Along with new ways of working, there are also new factors to consider, such as how long employees must use a headset. “My squad probably had it on for two-hour stretches,” she claims.
Though the professions that will exist there are likely to be very different from those we do in the actual world, the fact that people are currently working in virtual reality environments implies that the Metaverse may very well have a future as a place of employment.
And until that has become a (virtual) reality, anyone seeking to forego their daily commute in favour of headgear will likely have to wait a long time.