A European Metaverse hub in Luxembourg

The SnT of the University of Luxembourg has announced a strategic relationship to develop this ambitious experiment, which is still in its infancy.

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Simon MARTIN

The SnT of the University of Luxembourg has announced a strategic relationship to develop this ambitious experiment, which is still in its infancy.

In 1992, Neal Stephenson coined the term ‘metaverse’ in his novel The Virtual Samurai to describe a parallel world accessible through a helmet where each user has their own avatar. Thirty years later, reality has surpassed fiction. Since 2021, the year Facebook rebranded itself as “Meta” and thus devoted much of its activity to the development of a metaverse, these alternate universes now seem a much more concrete reality than ever.



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And if some argue that innovation is lacking in Luxembourg, it is clear that the Grand Duchy is a pioneer in this field. For example, Virtuel Rangers, a studio for creating immersive virtual and augmented reality applications in Luxembourg, and The Dots, a specialized marketing agency, launched the “Luxembourg Metaverse” just a few days ago. A virtual world that can already be explored and where different companies that have established their neighborhood stand side by side, such as the Axa Group, BIL, Post and even CFL.

A “strategic” relationship with the SnT

Today it is another big player in the field who plans to make his mark in Luxembourg. Metaverse’s entertainment and innovation company “Infinite Reality” has announced it has entered into a “strategic relationship” with the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT).


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A real pride for Carlo Duprel, head of the SnT Technology Transfer Office. “Our activity covers research on all information and communication technologies, from cybersecurity to cryptography. We are also involved in everything that has to do with space travel or robotics. Our aim is to collaborate with the Luxembourg industry and be open to all players, both public and private. It is in the context that this collaboration with Infinite Reality took place,” he explains, adding that SnT collaborates with more than 60 partners, mainly Fintech players. “The Luxembourg government approached us because Infinite Reality wanted to set up their European office in Luxembourg.”

To compete with Facebook

Coming from the business world, the US company aims to compete with Facebook’s ‘Meta’ juggernaut by creating a European Metaverse hub in the Grand Duchy. An outcome for the SnT that strongly believes in the potential of this technology. “Of a From a scientific point of view, there is a particular interest in this version of the Metaverse, because in the case of Infinite Reality they want to offer something very open. And then, more generally, it has to be recognized that it is very exciting to work on a very new technology like this because it represents some scientific and technological challenges that have not yet been solved.

There is no doubt for SnT that this is the future of the traditional internet. “The business potential is huge. However, there is still a lot of work to be done,” admits the head of the Technology Transfer Office. “Besides the fact that we have to guarantee stable connections for the entire population, the software also has to be efficient. You should also ask yourself all the questions that have to do with the legal framework.” Indeed, the drifts arrived quickly. “You must be able to associate each avatar with an identity in order to prevent malicious parties who could abuse the Metaverse from committing illegal acts such as hate speech or moral intimidation. So the question of moderation arises.


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For Carlo Duprel, a globally democratized and accessible Metaverse, it will be no earlier than ten years. “But I’m confident it will happen and there will be new things to it, like NFTs (a non-fungible token that represents a single object that isn’t interchangeable, editor’s note). Users can make purchases within the Metaverse take ownership of a digital work through NFTs, because in some Metaverses it is currently already possible to buy land or virtual houses through NFTs and thus take ownership.” But again, it also brings a whole host of cybersecurity issues. “

One thing is certain: SnT would like to see this project realized in 2022, at least in a “sandbox” version that would allow everyone to become familiar with this technology that could revolutionize our daily lives. “In any case, it is a very good thing that several Metaverses have already seen the light of day in the Grand Duchy. If we succeed in building an ecosystem on a national scale, it could really have a positive economic impact for the country, which would also align perfectly with its digital strategy.”

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