Are you missing out on the metaverse?
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re at least somewhat familiar with the concept. Especially, after Facebook changed its name to Meta and brought this whole thing centerstage.
But just in case, let’s start by keep an eye out for web 3.0 innovations in the coming years, and don’t be afraid to jump on board with the future defining it.
The metaverse is a term used to describe a proposed successor to the internet, one that would be built on blockchain technology and would allow for more secure and decentralized web interactions.
But what does that mean for everyday users like you and me?
Well, in short, it means a better internet. With the metaverse, there would be no need for central authorities like Facebook or Google to control our online experiences although they may own the platforms and environments to start off. We would be able to interact directly with each other on a peer-to-peer basis, without having to worry about our data being intercepted or manipulated.
Sounds great, right? And the best part is, we’re already starting to see glimpses of this new internet era. Sites like Steemit and Akasha are paving the way for a web 3.0 future, and big tech companies like IBM and Microsoft are getting on board with blockchain technology as well.
So, what’s stopping us from jumping headfirst into the metaverse?
Well, for one thing, we still need more widespread adoption of blockchain technology in order to make it a reality. And then there are the incumbent tech giants, who have plenty of resources, talent and FOMO to their advantage.
But don’t count them out just yet. The current web landscape is ripe for disruption, and the metaverse has the potential to be a game-changer. So keep an eye out for web 3.0 innovations in the coming years, and don’t be afraid to jump on board with the future of the internet. It’s only going to get better from here.
Pitches for the future of the internet are banking on an old trick: FOMO.
The current tech giants have resources, talent and industrial-grade FOMO on their side, so it would be a mistake to underestimate their influence on this so-called successor state of the internet.
There are two predictions I feel comfortable making about the metaverse, however.
One: It will not be known, by the people who inhabit its sprawling, distinct, yet-to-be determined environments, as “the metaverse.” If we’re really doing our jobs in virtual offices, we’ll just call it work.
Two: For most of us, missing out on the metaverse will be about as consequential as missing out on this sentence.
But that doesn’t mean the metaverse isn’t worth paying attention to. In fact, I’d argue that it’s more important than ever to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to web trends.
Are you missing out on web 3.0? Is web 4.0 too far into your future? What about web 7.5 — is that a possibility or just a pipe dream? Whether we’re at web 3.0 or web 5.5, there’s never been a better time to be alive.
In web 1.0, the web was a series of web pages. In web 2.0, it was apps that could talk to each other through web APIs or cloud storage — web services that allowed for digital collaboration and sharing between users, but required a data connection to connect all those disparate hyperlinked data sources together.
In web 3.0, though? We’re going back to basics: Web pages are already a thing again, thanks in part to the mobile web and the need for simplicity as billions more consumers come online every year via smartphone — with no home internet connections at their disposal. Add cryptocurrency payments to this mix and you have an economy that can run entirely on micro-transactions from anyone with a followable link.
Projects like the blockchain web browser Blockstack are laying the groundwork for web 3.0 right now, and web pages have already become nodes in a web of interconnected virtual worlds defined not by web APIs but by what people can build with easily accessible tools — or choose not to build at all if they so desire.
The metaverse will be a web-like space where users can explore new concepts (and their own creativity) without constraint — from fully immersive VR experiences to simple 2D sites you access via your web browser or pop up on linked pages which anyone can create using relatively basic programming skills or templates within sandbox environments like Blockspace.
“So do we give up on web 1.0 because it’s not as flashy as web 2.0? Hell no!”
The promise of web 3.0 is that we won’t have to choose between them. We can have both: A web where low-bandwidth, content-rich experiences are still possible and valuable, and a metaverse where more immersive, interactive applications can thrive.
So if you’re feeling left out of the latest shiny web thing, don’t worry — web 3.0 is coming for you too, whether you like it or not! And it’s going to be awesome.