During a recent interview, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company could become a "Metaverse".
The term metaverse refers to a shared collective virtual space in which physical and virtual reality converge and coexist, in a kind of augmented reality on the Internet.
The word is made up of the prefix "goal", which means beyond, and the root "towards", extracted from the universe.
The idea described by Zuckerberg is actually quite complex, and imagines a kind of online virtual universe, made up for example by many persistent 3D virtual spaces, and which does not concern a single platform or a single company (Facebook), wanting instead cross the boundaries between different platforms and different tools.
The famous Facebook co-founder said that even his idea of a metaverse is "A vision that encompasses many companies, the entire industry."
To tell the truth, many years ago Facebook already had in mind to incorporate the internal web somewhere to become its main gateway, but this project has failed thanks mainly to fierce competition, mainly from Google. Today the idea is posed in a different way, which is apparently not competitive but cooperative.
For Zuckerberg, this metaverse would be “the successor to mobile Internet”, and it will not be built by a single company, but thanks to a collaboration between different companies, creators and developers.
He describes the metaverse as a kind of Internet so immersed in physical reality that it allows users to feel part of it, as if they were physically in it. On the other hand, Facebook has been working with virtual reality and augmented reality for some time, so Zuckerberg's vision is absolutely plausible.
To work on this metaverse, the company will create a team that will be part of its virtual reality group, Reality Labs, thanks in particular to Portal and Oculus.
"And my hope, if we get it right, I think that in the next five years, in this next chapter of our company, I think we will really move from people who see us primarily as a social media company to a metaverse company.".
However, a curious thing, which the co-founder of Facebook did not mention, is that today there are already metaverses, although in general they are still limited to a single platform, and in general they use cryptocurrencies to regulate exchanges. Given that Facebook is presumably about to release the stablecoin that it has developed together with other companies (Diem) to the market in the near future, it is more than plausible that this is the native currency of this metaverse, or at least one of the currencies. used inside.