The metaverse has been a fictional concept until now, in which the real world and the virtual world came together. Like many other fictional concepts, the metaverse now appears to be turning into reality — bringing together virtual and augmented reality, the Internet and real life.
Metaverse: Origin Of The Concept
The metaverse concept originated in the science fiction novel, Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson. Since then, many movies have shown a metaverse.
The Matrix (1999) had humans living in a virtual world created by artificial intelligence, unaware that this is not the real world.
What Is The Metaverse?
The Metaverse can refer to digital spaces that appear more lifelike due to the use of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR).
The term is also used to describe gaming worlds, where users have a character and they walk around interacting with other gamers.
A specific type of metaverse also uses blockchain technology. In this, users can buy virtual land or other digital assets by paying in cryptocurrencies.