Facebook Metaverse Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that the company will change its name to Meta, saying that the move reflects the fact that the company is now much broader than just a social media platform.
The rebranding came several months after Zuckerberg spoke more widely about Facebook's metaverse, in which it relied on the idea of merging the real and digital worlds more seamlessly than ever before, using technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
Zuckerberg has stated that he hopes that Facebook will form a new economic system, which in turn will create millions of jobs, and doubts about this announcement have varied, as some say that this is just a show by Facebook to shine its brand reputation after several years full of scandals! While other sources say that it is a real attempt to put the company on the right track!
Facebook's Journey Inside Metaverse:
What is wrong with him that Facebook metaverse The culmination of seven years of joint acquisition, investment and research that began with Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of virtual headset company Oculus, Oculus has continued, under Facebook's cover, to dominate the VR market with a market value of more than 60 percent, due to the great support of Advertising campaigns offered by Facebook on its platform.
Beyond Oculus, Facebook has invested heavily in VR and AR under the Facebook Reality Labs umbrella, and nearly 10,000 people are working on these technologies (20% of Facebook's workforce). Last week, Facebook announced plans to hire another 10,000 developers. In the European Union to work on its own computing platform Facebook Metaverse.
Although a lot of work has yet to be announced, Facebook Reality Labs has published some projects, which include Project Ari , which seeks to create live 3D maps of public spaces, and the recently released Ray-Ban Stories - sunglasses integrated with Facebook with 5MP cameras.
All of these investments and projects are steps toward the infrastructure of Zuckerbeg's vision for Facebook Metaverse. As said earlier
of the year:
It really makes sense for us to invest deeply to help shape what I believe will be the next major computing platform
Why does Facebook want to rule Metaverse?
Facebook Metaverse may finally come to define how we work, learn, and communicate. This means that VR and AR will transcend their current niche uses, and become the everyday technologies we will all rely on.
We can guess Facebook’s vision of metaverse by looking at its current approach to social media. It has shaped our online lives into a massive revenue stream that relies on power, control, and monitoring that is fueled by our data. For example, “VR and AR headsets collect massive amounts of data about the user and their environment, This is one of the main ethical issues around these emerging technologies, and presumably one of the main attractions of Facebook owning and developing them.
What makes this particularly concerning is that the way you move your body is so unique that VR data can be used to identify you, such as a fingerprint. This means that everything you do in virtual reality can potentially be traced back to your individual identity and thus to Facebook it is a digital advertising empire. It is based on tracking our data.
-Is Internet a map for Facebook Metaverse:
Tony Parisi, one of the early pioneers of VR, asserts that we already have a blueprint for the dystopian Metaverse, and says we should look back to the original vision of the Internet before founding companies, which embodied “an open, collaborative, consensus-based way of developing technologies and tools.”
Facebook's rebranding, its dominance of the VR market, its apparent desire to hire every VR and AR developer in Europe, its takeover of dozens of companies - all seem less of a desire than true collaboration and consensus, and more of an attempt to dominate the next frontier of computing.
One last view:
We have made Facebook rule the world of social media. We shouldn't let her rule the world of metaverses!
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