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 - every person, every business, every institution and even every game - had to have a presence there. Sort of like the formative Internet in the 90s. This is fiction, of course, but there are companies today, including game giant Epic Games (maker of Fortnite), who have announced they are, in fact, building a metaverse. But how shall we define it? Who else is building - or has built - a metaverse? 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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