What Is the Metaverse?

In 99.99% of cases, provided the term is used correctly, you could replace the word “metaverse” with “internet” and the sentence will mean the same thing. So why is everyone using this fancy new word? I think analyst Doug Thompson said it very well when he noted that “we’re using the term as a proxy for a sense that everything is about to change.”

So if the metaverse is just the internet—what about the internet is about to change? To answer that question, I’ve broken this article into four parts:

  1. Spatial Computing (What is that?)
  2. Game Engines (What are those?)
  3. Virtual Environments (Is that the metaverse? …sort of)
  4. Virtual Economies (Please don’t tell me I have to learn about NFTs…you might)

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