In order for the metaverse to work, it will be necessary to change “the entire infrastructure of the Internet”

According to an Intel engineer, the arrival of the metaverse will require a profound transformation of the Internet and the way we use it. To make the virtual world believable, we would need computing power 1000 times more powerful than what we enjoy today.

The metaverse made up by Mark Zuckerberg won’t arrive anytime soon. This virtual world, where we can meet to chat, walk around, meet or play games, will ask”computing power multiplied by 1,000 compared to today said a senior Intel executive.

In a blog post, Raja Koduri, an innovation manager at Intel, took the liberty of expressing some reservations about the virtual fantasies of Mark Zuckerberg and other metaverse proponents on Dec. 16, 2021.

The internet is not ready for the metaverse

Imagine what it takes today to put two people in a social context in a virtual environment: captivating, detailed avatars with realistic clothing, hair and skin tones. All rendered in real time and based on data from sensors that detect real 3D objects, gestures, sounds and more”, sums up the person in charge, as if to show how difficult it is to make interaction, even just two people, in a convincing metaverse.

Now imagine solving this problem on a large scale — for hundreds of millions of users at once» unravels Raja Koduri, «you’ll soon find that our current computing, storage and networking infrastructure simply isn’t enough to make this vision possible.”he concludes.

In order for the metaverse to work, it will be necessary to
Our processors are not ready for the metaverse, according to Intel. //Source: Intel

According to Raja Koduri, the metaverse demands “a vastly superior computing powercompared to that of today’s computers. Latency, these micro delays between the execution of an action by an internet user and its recognition by the server, will also have to be significantly reduced, simply not to be left behind in the metaverse. †The entire internet infrastructure needs a major update‘ explains the administrator.

A metaverse of privileged

Today, only the wealthiest corners of the globe have enough infrastructure and economic resources to immerse themselves in a virtual world. And again, these worlds are closer to Second Life than the real metaverse promised by Mark Zuckerberg. Indeed, much more advanced and much more accessible technologies are needed to make this dream a reality. Replicating all of our movements on a 3D avatar today requires expensive and complex performance capture tools. Doing it in front of millions, even billions of people at once is still a technophile’s sweet fantasy.

We should also not forget that replacing infrastructures, producing new gadgets and continuing the race for power comes at a significant ecological cost. Let’s not forget that, according to the Senate, “70% of the total digital carbon footprint in France is due to the production of terminals (40% worldwide).Producing more VR headsets, connected gadgets and chips, in hopes of diving into the metaverse someday, also means more polluting. The question here is not to hold back innovation, but to ask whether the sacrifices required are worth it.

Worldwide, 40% of the digital carbon footprint is due to the production of terminals

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At the Intel level, the production of processors1000x more powerfulthan today’s does not mean that the ecological footprint will be 1000x larger. Technological improvements often make it possible to have more powerful and less power-consuming processors.

Intel remains optimistic

Moreover, such a power jump will not only be made with semiconductors. Algorithms, neural networks, compression techniques… All these technologies will also improve our experience on the web. Combined, these innovations make the promise of a future”1000x more powerfulfairly realistic. The head of Intel is also quite optimistic about this topic and swears that “this technology, which allows immersive virtual worlds to amplify the real world, opens up so many possibilities that I feel like working every day

That said, the internet isn’t ready for the metaverse at this point and wanting to put your head into a virtual universe risks being economically and environmentally expensive.

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