Top 10 Metaverse Quotes Everyone Should Read

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It’s fair to say that no one knows exactly what the Metaverse will look like, as the concept is still emerging and evolving. But many people have their own ideas.

Ever since it became the hottest tech buzzword around the time Facebook rebranded itself as Meta, there’s been no shortage of visionaries, trailblazers, and entrepreneurs to tell us what they think. And who knows, maybe some of them even succeeded.

Here’s my roundup of some of the most insightful, inspiring, and in some cases slightly bizarre things that have been said since the concept first hit the radar.

People are software called avatars. These are the audio-visual organs that people use to communicate with each other in the metaverse.”

Neal Stephenson, author.

Stephenson is credited with first linking the term “metaverse” to the idea of ​​immersive virtual reality in his 1992 novel Snow Crash. His vision of the metaverse includes avatars, multi -users and environments that function as surrogate arenas for real-world interactions. All of these are integral to the idea of ​​the metaverse as it is sold to us today by multinational corporations.

“Simply put, the Metaverse is the internet, but in 3D.”

Ed Greigg, Chief Disruptor at Deloitte.

Many people have tried to define what exactly the metaverse is. No one knows for sure (because it’s still emerging), and Greigg is playing it safe with this description, which encapsulates the fact that the Metaverse will mostly be a more experimental and immersive version of the internet. However, I would say that’s not entirely accurate as some creative people are working on developing experiences that tick all the metaverse boxes (immersive, connected, persistent, etc.) in a 2D environment.

“The Metaverse isn’t something a company builds. It’s the next chapter of the internet as a whole.”

Mark Zuckerberg, Meta.

One of the most insightful quotes from the man who in many ways started the hype. Will he one day be considered “the father of the metaverse” in the same way that Tim Berners-Lee is considered “the father of the world-wide-web”? At this point, there’s no way of knowing, but one thing we can be sure of is that he hopes so. This quote resonates with me because it expresses the fact that we shouldn’t think of “a metaverse” as something we can point to and say, “it’s a metaverse.” It’s more of a concept that describes how we communicate, socialize, do business, shop, and do just about everything else in the future.

“The metaverse is here, and it’s not only transforming the way we see the world, but also the way we participate in it – from the factory floor to the boardroom.”

Satya Nadella, Microsoft.

The Microsoft CEO understands that the metaverse concept will impact every part of how we do business. In this regard, he follows in the footsteps of company founder Bill Gates, who saw the importance of Microsoft making its mark on the emerging World Wide Web in the mid-1990s and refocused the company on development. and the provision of online services. By placing the “work metaverse” at the center of Microsoft’s business strategy, Nadella hopes to achieve the same success.

“It is an interoperable, large-scale network of real-time rendered 3D virtual worlds that can be synchronously and persistently experienced by an effectively unlimited number of users, each with an individual sense of presence.”

Matthew Ball, author, formerly Amazon.

A somewhat more comprehensive attempt to encapsulate the author’s concept of The Metaverse and How It Will Revolutionize Everything. Ball understands that persistence is key to the metaverse experience – in short, if you leave a metaverse virtual world and come back to it later, you should find it pretty much as you left it – whatever the other users decided to do while you were away. On top of that, whatever you do as part of the experience – shop, work, learn, socialize – there should be a unified set of rules, standards, and expectations.

“It’s 2021 and all of our devices are still built around apps, not people. The experiences we’re allowed to create and use are more tightly controlled than ever. And the high taxes on new creative ideas are stifling .That wasn’t the way we were supposed to use technology.”

Mark Zuckerberg, Meta.

Although he does not mention the Metaverse in this quote, it is taken from his announcement that he would rename the company he founded to Meta. Here, he criticizes the fact that most users who access his existing “virtual world” – Facebook – through mobile devices, do so through portals that are ultimately beyond his control – namely Google or Facebook’s app stores. ‘Apple. This quote alludes to the fact that he views building a metaverse from the ground up as an attempt to put his empire beyond the reach of his rivals in the tech business.

“There is no agreement on what the metaverse is, although one company has changed its name in anticipation of its definition.”

Eric Schmidt, Google.

Schmidt acknowledges that the future of the Metaverse is far from certain. Whether Meta, Microsoft or its own company defines how we use it is in the air. On the other hand, a host of alternative visions – like the one put forward by those proposing a decentralized metaverse – could end up being closer to what we will ultimately get.

“The Metaverse is coming. The Metaverse is not just a place to play. Future worlds will be photorealistic, obey the laws of physics, and be inhabited by human avatars and AI beings. We will create a future in these Metaverses before download blueprints be made in the physical world.

Jensen Huang, Nvidia.

Nvidia has turned its attention to developing metaverse productivity tools, such as its Nvidia Omniverse suite. These allow users to work collaboratively on productivity tasks, especially those involving 3D graphics, in virtual environments.

“This metaverse is going to be much more pervasive and powerful than anything else. If a central corporation takes control of this, it will become more powerful than any government and be a god on Earth.

Tim Sweeney, Epic Games.

Without context, it’s not entirely clear whether Sweeney is issuing a warning or telling us of his plan. Even with the context, it’s still not so clear either.

“I don’t see anyone strapping a fucking screen to their face all day and never wanting to leave.”

Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX.

The outspoken CEO is never shy about giving his opinions, and it’s generally true that the more controversial the better. He also said he thinks the related concept of Web3 – decentralized platforms built around the blockchain that some believe would be the foundation of a user-controlled metaverse, outside of the influence of companies, is “more marketing than reality”.

The metaverse is definitely an exciting and rapidly evolving field. To stay up to date with the latest metaverse trends and broader business and technology trends, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter and take a look at my book Extended reality in practicewhich has just won the Business Book of the Year 2022 in the Specialist Book category.

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