We have started to adopt many forms of communication and socialization that develop and change thanks to innovative technologies. Metaverse, one of them, has recently attracted significant public interest. It recently drew the attention of the media and investors; What is the Metaverse, a term shaped around virtual and immersive experiences, online communities, and decentralized systems? Here's everything you need to know about the Metaverse...


What is Metaverse?

Metaverse, which is derived from the combination of the Greek words "meta," meaning "after, beyond" and "universe," meaning "universe" in English, means "beyond the universe" in short. Metaverse offers an immersive experience based on augmented reality technology. Using digital twin technology creates a virtual mirror image of the real world. It is also developing a blockchain-based economic system. The Metaverse, which offers a virtual world parallel to the real world, is also expected to reveal a new type of socialization. Metaverse offers 3D virtual platforms powered by a digital economy, leveraging virtual reality and augmented reality to establish a social connection. In metaverse projects such as Decentraland, Somnium Space, and The SandBox, you can interact with other users in environments that you can design according to your wishes, and you can shop through the platform's cryptocurrencies.


When Did the Concept of Metaverse First Appear?

According to Google search query data, the term metaverse has been quite popular, especially since October. This concept became more curious, especially with Mark Zuckerberg's announcement on October 28, 2021, that Facebook's name would be changed to "Meta" to reflect his vision within the Metaverse. However, the term metaverse; virtual experiences have taken many forms and definitions with commonalities/themes around interoperability, creative community, immersion, and other elements. But "When did the metaverse first appear?" If you are looking for the answer to the question, you have to go back 30 years. The concept of Metaverse first appeared in Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel "Snow Crash." In the Metaverse in this science fiction novel translated into Turkish as "Parasite," people were represented by their avatars. It was possible to buy real estate virtually, and thus it was possible to build a virtual world. Do these features sound familiar to you?


What Can Be Done in Metaverse?

Although many activities such as meeting, traveling, and going to concerts can be done with avatars in the Metaverse universe, these activities are, as much as the limitations of the current project. Within the project's scope, the type of these activities may vary depending on the platform. According to a global study conducted among digital platform users aged 14-50, people will most prefer activities where they can get together with their families and friends in the Metaverse. In addition, options such as organizing parties, attending concerts and shows, watching television, participating in fashion shows of real or virtual brands, watching a live sports or e-sports event attract a lot of attention.


The Future of Metaverse

Countless new technologies, protocols, companies, innovations, and discoveries are required for the Metaverse to be implemented and spread smoothly. It is thought that the impact of the Metaverse will be observed in business, shopping, education, advertising, entertainment, tourism, and even health services in the future. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the Metaverse as a brand new area where new rules are valid, and many established rules will be renewed. It is frequently mentioned that this new order will shape future professions. In the next ten years, new professions such as metaverse research scientist, ecosystem developer, cybersecurity manager, ad-blocking specialist, and Metaverse storyteller are expected to emerge. In time, we will see the point that the concept of Metaverse, which is thought to have an important place in the future, will reach.


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