The pandemic period brought many changes to everyday. Various mitigation measures that need to be taken in suppressing the rate of spread of the Covid-19 virus become a trigger for such changes, including limiting mobility.
Adaptation of digital technology is also a solution on changes made by various fields, ranging from business, bureaucracy, to healthcare, to education. There are technological breakthroughs that make life real, and virtual.
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One of them that tech giants do, Facebook, which developed Metaverse and horrendous world. Metaverse is defined as a three-dimensional virtual world, where users can gather there in digital forms, such as avatars and perform interactions which is as complex as in the real world.
The term was originally coined by the writer of the fixi scientific Neal Stephenson as a metaphor of the real world, an embodiment of the internet, and an escape from reality.
In last October, Facebook said it would sayspend about US$10 billion over the next year to develop technology in building Metaverse.
“Our hope is that in the following decadenyes, Metaverse will reach a billion people, host hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce, and support jobs for millions of creators and developers,” wrote Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, quoted from Fortune, Tuesday (14/12/2021).
Besides Facebook, some popular companies yang has begun helping build metaverse, such as Epic Games, Niantic, Decentraland, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Apple.
As for Apple it will reportedly release a headset mixed virtual reality (VR)-augmented reality (AR) in next year that costs up to US$3,000.
Known, currently the health field has been uses important components of Metaverse, among them VR, AR, mixed reality (MR), and artificial intelligence (AI).
Medical device companies use MR to Assembling surgical instruments and designing operating rooms, the World Health Organization (WHO) uses AR and smartphones to train Covid-19 respondents, and psychiatrists use VR to treat posttraumatic stress (PTS).
Technology imersive on virtual reality has the potential to “change” therapy and health care. Reported by the BBC, VR has also grown rapidly in the global health sector. Later, Oxford VR founder Prof Daniel Freeman, who had supported the Research Institute The government’s National Health Service, said imersive technology and VR will play a leading role in the future, based on the positive results it sees.
Meanwhile, Microsoft boss Bill Gates noted in the next few years, virtual activities will be increasingly massive across various aspects of people’s lives. Let alone the Covid-19 pandemic has revolutionized the workplace, with more companies offering flexibility for employees who want to work remotely.
“In the next two or three years, I am renewing The majority of virtual encounters will move from a grid of 2D camera images to a metaverse, 3D space with digital avatars,” Gates wrote in his blog post.
Even so, he said, the use of Metaverse it takes time and requires the will of the users before the vision of working in the Metaverse world becomes a reality.