On October 28, 2021, everything changed in technology. No, we’re not talking about renaming Facebook to Meta, but about revealing what the company thinks is the future: the metaverse.
At the time, we thought of it as a virtual world designed to spend more money on the Internet. And like it or not, the big problem was that there was no way to access what was promised. However. Two days ago, Mark Zuckerberg announced the arrival of “Horizon Worlds” in Spain and France, featuring what would become beautiful images of the Sagrada Familia and the Eiffel Tower.
The (current) metaverse is reminiscent of the Wii video games of 2006.. After the image with the two monuments came the mockery. “Looks like Mark Zuckerberg saw Ready Player One and thought he could recreate this universe with MS Paint,” commented a Twitter user at the CEO’s presentation.
Another ironically said it was “tragic that every airline and tourism economy in the world is on the brink of collapse now that Facebook has completely eliminated the need to travel,” referring to the fact that eThe metaverse promised to fill us with unknown universes. with maximum immersion.
For Joshua Bailey, the good news is that he will be able to run it smoothly on his Pentium III.. The reality is that Horizon Worlds so far, the most up-to-date representation Facebook has given us of its vision of the future, is much more like Wii Sports’ Miis than the “world” and the possibilities they showed back then. they introduced Meta.
10 billion euros spent by 2021. 3 billion euros in 2022. Where have they gone? That’s the big question to ask as we approach the year of the Facebook metaverse unveiling, given that so little has changed. We can’t give a clear answer as to why with so much money everything still seems to be done in 2006 but without sawtooth, but the truth is that the metaverse is not just what we see, but how we see it. And getting where Meta wants to go requires technology that doesn’t exist yet. To reach him and his gear, there is only one way: spend and spend more.
” Patience“Zuckerberg seems to be saying that the metaverse in 2030 will be ‘exciting’. The truth is, the metaverse smells like smoke right now. Or rather, the technology has felt it. Because the concept is both old and interesting, and the hardware improvements since the early Oculus developments are very tangible.
Zuckerberg’s problem is that he wanted to sell us the house when there’s nothing close to the foundation yet. In 2015, it was possible to talk about foldable smartphones like smoke, because they were. What was learned about them were loose concepts and components, but they evolved and improved from generation to generation.
If Steve Jobs had spoken of the iPhone in 2004 the way Zuckerberg spoke of the metaverse, he would have been accused of more serious matters. But in 2005 they were secretly working in Cupertino. And in early 2007 they revealed it (miraculously). What happened next is history.
Unlike other revolutionary products, such as the iPhone or Android, the development of the metaverse is no secret. It happens in real time and it’s disappointing because it takes a long time for the final product to arrive, if at all.
The metaverse is not real. The options are as follows.. Virtual reality is exciting enough in its current state that we don’t have to rely on promises like the ones we see in Horizon Worlds, which are far from the best we can experience with the right hardware that Meta develops. Oculus Quest 2 for example. Not to mention campaigns like Rafa Nadal’s metaverse.
Why so many long-term promises. Meta is a listed company, which is not in its best shape before the name change (and after). The name change met the need to revive the public perception of the company, to orient it more towards a new era.
For this era, Facebook must have the money, and that depends on investors and shareholders moving forward so that they continue to spend and take big risks.
It is not certain that this is at the moment pseudo The Metaverse isn’t convincing anyone (although virtual reality is “taking off”), and the progress of its virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) division, known as Facebook Reality Labs, is secret. In each case, the metaverse will face a possible recessionwhich for the time being has led to the unemployment of 10,000 workers and possible layoffs. What looks promising can also end up in ruins.
The Meaning of Horizon Worlds. When it looks so little like what was promised, it’s hard to see this strategy as correct. But it is possible that it is, or that it is more correct than showing something unfinished. Horizon Worlds may seem like a joke compared to what we’ve seen in the big metaverse event, but it’s palpable and it’s being built up more or less successfully.
This will allow Facebook to gradually introduce us to its idea of a virtual universe. Manufacturers of foldable smartphones are making a space for themselves, even if the experience leaves something to be desired on certain important points. With something far from reality or delivering what was promised but very partially presented, the criticism would be fierce.
If Meta’s metaverse has a future, it’s far from fun for now. Even in areas where it may already be a reality, such as telecommuting, the metaverse is neither enjoyable nor productive.
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