Featured Session: What's in a Metaverse?

Mar 16, 2022

11:30am – 12:30pm CT

The central location of the book Ready Player One is The OASIS, a fully embodied VR metaverse that began as a game, but was so compelling, so useful and fun that everyone had to have a presence there. Sort of like the formative Internet in the 90s. This is fiction, of course, but in October, 2021, Facebook changed its name to Meta Platforms. They announced an ambitious R&D effort which if successful would result in the world much like the book's. Meta is hardly alone in this ambition. Epic Games (maker of Fortnite) previously announced they are building a metaverse. Nvidia says it is building a Metaverse for business. Who else is building - or has built - a metaverse? How shall we define it? What technology does a metaverse require? What might the terminal form be? On which platforms - AR, VR, Mobile - will these virtual, social spaces manifest, when, and how?

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Charlie Fink

Forbes/Chapman University

Philip Rosedale

Linden Lab

Timmu Tõke

Ready Player Me

This event will be live on Wednesday, March 16th 2022 at 11:30am CT

This event will be available online

This event will be available on demand on Monday, March 21st 2022 at 10:00am CT

This event will be available in American Sign Language

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