The Metaverse: A Different Perspective


The metaverse has been a hot topic of conversation recently, with many tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft staking claims. Author Neal Stephenson is credited with coining the term "metaverse" in his 1992 science fiction novel "Snow Crash". He envisioned lifelike avatars who live in realistic 3D buildings and other virtual reality environments. Correspondingly, in a technical sense, metaverse is another name for the Internet of Everything (IoE), a concept started in the early 2000s, leading to the internet of things (IoT) and its applications a scaled-down version of the IoE. Since then, various developments have made milestones on the way toward a real metaverse, an online virtual world that incorporates augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), 3D holographic avatars, video, and other means of communication.