How the metaverse will connect the world

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As this is the final part of our “Building the Metaverse” series, I think it’s fitting to end by painting a picture of what the metaverse might look like and how it might work.

I’m not going to bore you by reintroducing the idea of ​​having an avatar interacting in a virtual world and using crypto and NFTs as a means of tender because I know you’re already well versed in these arenas. Instead, I want to focus on the idea that the metaverse can connect people from all corners of the world in ways we never thought possible.

This is going to be a pretty technical post – but don’t worry, I’ll try to break things down as best I can.

Dimensionality and spatial computing

The metaverse will be composed of many dimensions, and each of these dimensions will be filled with all kinds of content. You will have the 2D mesh, 3D virtual worlds, 4D augmented reality (AR) and even 5D mixed reality. But what exactly do I mean by “dimension”?

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In short, a dimension is simply a way of measuring something. So, the 2D web would be anything that exists on a flat plane like a traditional website. A 3D virtual world is, well, a world that exists in three dimensions where you can move around and explore. And AR is when digital content is superimposed on the real world.

Mixed reality is a bit more complicated and that’s the dimension I’m most excited about. Mixed reality is when you take the real world and mix it with the virtual world to create a new hybrid reality. This is different from AR because digital content can interact with the physical world.

Think of it this way, in AR you can see a virtual dog on your coffee table. But in mixed reality, the virtual dog could walk off the table, onto the floor, and then pee on your carpet (I know, gross).

The point is that the metaverse will be composed of many dimensions, and each of them will offer something unique. And because of that, the metaverse will connect the world.

But before we can get to that point, we need to lay the groundwork with spatial computing. This is a way of representing digital information in a 3D space.

As we alluded to earlier, the metaverse will be composed of many dimensions. So to make all of this work, we need a way to represent different dimensions in a 3D space. And this is exactly what spatial computing will allow us to do.

The Metaverse as a Global Platform

Now that we’ve laid the groundwork, let’s talk about how the metaverse can connect people from all over the world. The first thing you need to understand is that the metaverse will be a global platform.

What this means is that anyone from anywhere will be able to access the metaverse and interact with others. There will be no entry barriers and everyone will be on equal terms.

This is in contrast to the traditional internet, which consists of many different silos. For example, you have the American Internet, which is different from the Chinese Internet, which is different from the Russian Internet. The profound difference lies in the regulatory environment, censorship and privacy. All these factors make it very difficult for people from different parts of the world to connect with each other.

But with the metaverse, there will only be one global platform that everyone can access. This is a very powerful idea, because it will enable unlimited language translation, real-time understanding of culture and customs, immutability to regulation and censorship, and much more.

The Metaverse as a decentralized platform

In addition to being a global platform, the metaverse will be a decentralized platform. No central authority will control it.

Instead, it will be a distributed network powered by the people who use it. This is a very important distinction because it will make the metaverse much more resistant to censorship and control.

The traditional internet is centralized, meaning that a few companies control everything. For example, Facebook controls your news feed, Google controls your search results, and Amazon controls what you buy.

But with the metaverse, there will be no central authority controlling what you see or do. This is a major shift that will lead to a much more open and democratic internet.

The changing nature of transactions and ownership

Another key aspect of the metaverse is that it will change the nature of transactions and ownership. Today, all transactions are mediated by centralized institutions.

For example, when you buy stocks, you are actually buying a piece of paper that represents your ownership of that stock. But with the metaverse, you will be able to own digital assets directly.

This is a very important distinction, because it will lead to a much more efficient and transparent market. Today, there are many middlemen who take a cut of each transaction.

In the metaverse, transactions will be direct and there will be no need for intermediaries. This will make the market much more efficient and it will also reduce the costs of transactions.

Putting it all together: Adaptation in the age of the metaverse

To conclude our series, let’s consider how we can adapt to the massive paradigm shift that the metaverse will bring. We must learn to think in 3D and stop limiting our imaginations to the 2D world we live in today. What do I really mean by that?

In the 2D world, we are used to thinking of things in terms of left and right, up and down. But in the 3D world of the metaverse, there are an infinite number of possibilities. We need to start thinking about things in three dimensions.

We also need to become comfortable with the idea of ​​digital ownership. In the metaverse, you will own digital assets directly. This is a completely different concept than owning a piece of paper that represents your ownership of an asset.

And finally, we must learn to think of the world in terms of networks. The Metaverse will be a decentralized platform run by the people who use it. This is a completely different model to the centralized internet that we are used to today.

Despite these differences, if we learn to think in 3D, become comfortable with digital ownership and begin to think of the world in terms of networks, we will be able to adapt and thrive in this new era.

Consider this as a final thought – the metaverse is not just a game or a recreational diversion. It’s the next evolutionary step in human social interaction, and it’s time to start preparing for it.

The Metaverse is coming, and it’s going to change everything.

Daniel Saito is the CEO and co-founder of StrongNode

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