1 The metaverse is already here
The metaverse is an infinitely large (future) virtual world that connects all other virtual sub-worlds. You can see the metaverse as the next phase of the Internet as we know it: the currently two-dimensional, flat Internet will be changing into a three-dimensional, spatial form. We are moving from the web of pages to the web of coordinates. And from the web of information to the web of activities.
In the future, people can meet as avatars in the metaverse, to get to know each other for example, to network, provide services, collaborate, relax, game, shop and consume. The metaverse also offers the opportunity to build, create and participate in a virtual economy.
In the future, we won’t be going “on” the Internet, but “in” the spatial Internet. The metaverse can be seen as the world that connects all (existing) virtual worlds. That world, however, isn’t here yet.
While it is true that various initiatives exist, such as Fortnite, Roblox, Minecraft, Decentraland, Cryptovoxels, Axie infinity, Sandbox and Facebook Horizon, the metaverse is still a thing of the future.
What makes this confusing is that all of these companies individually also describe themselves as metaverse companies.