If the VR industry is to experience the kind of growth that will make it worthy of the billions of dollars that have been invested in it, we need to view the metaverse as public infrastructure.
Here are the trends on the cusp of transforming the online world.
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Creators of NFT art are organizing themselves into new art scenes, but they are still searching for cultural legitimacy while museums remain skittish.
The metaverse offers novel opportunities for retailers and their customers, but retailers need to be adequately prepared to overcome the challenges of new technology.
To boost their attractiveness to tourists and residents alike, in 2020 the towns of Gongju and Buyeo – once Imperial capitals – launched the “Smart Town Challenge” to link online and offline services.
Quite how to gauge the size of a city – or where one ends and the next begins – is getting harder to determine. The 21st century belongs to the limitless city.
Rising sea levels due to climate change are already having severe impacts on the nation of Tuvalu. It proposes to build a digital replica of itself in the metaverse. Could it be done?
Meta’s focus on virtual reality might free up space for smaller social media players to compete.
The virtual office promised by the metaverse could bring enhanced surveillance and the drawbacks of online culture to the workplace.
There are benefits to taking college classes in the metaverse, but there are also potential problems.
As businesses establish themselves in the metaverse, the amount of financial transactions there will increase. This will come with previously unknown risks.
The metaverse could open up more access to travel, entertainment and work for all.
Sitting in the front row of a lecture hall could become obsolete as more colleges and universities enter the metaverse.
How might the metaverse take over tourism, a sector which up to now has required physical mobility?
The metaverse is still unfolding, but it has been developing for more than a century. Rudimentary virtual worlds have existed – in imagination and reality – since the days of the telegraph.
Who makes money from the metaverse, and how, comes down to what it becomes. And shaping the metaverse is, to a large degree, a matter of definitions.
The metaverse is being hyped as a game-changing virtual platform that will transform our digital lives. But it has some inherent challenges to overcome in order to achieve mass adoption.
Cross-border advertising and the metaverse are pushing governments to reassess how they manage the potential harm caused by alcohol advertising. Is New Zealand doing enough?
New virtual realities are changing the way we interact with our urban spaces. How will the metaverse make some urban amenities redundant and others indispensable?