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The metaverse is expanding, and more companies are jumping into its platform, seeing an opportunity to expand their businesses.
Jeffries, an investment bank, recently stated that the metaverse could be one of this generation’s most extraordinary disruptions to our way of living – and financial companies are already looking into how they can take advantage.
The metaverse gives you a digitally immersive experience with your own avatar that lets users explore an interactive 3D world. It is the future of the internet, according to Mark Zuckerberg.
With the potential of this new creative technology, we must consider many pros and cons. Let’s look at what it means for society as well as some concerns about how changes in our lives may come.
Shopping in the Metaverse
The metaverse is taking the world of shopping by storm. For example, the Place app used by IKEA utilizes augmented reality to allow users to see how rooms will look before purchasing furniture.
Transforming Training and Education
With immersive VR and AR technology, children can now undertake their studies by transporting themselves to various places at any time. Poland has already experienced this kind of learning where educators utilize the game Half-Life: Alex for science lectures.
Virtual Healthcare Helpers
With the metaverse, we will be able to access a virtual reality that is safe and controlled. This new form of therapy uses VR goggles for maximum comfort while providing emotional release to address mental health issues like fear or anxiety.
The Issues to be Considered in the Metaverse
Immersive digital worlds have been on the horizon for some time now, but many issues are left unanswered.
Among the issues at hand are privacy – the protection of personal data, protection for children – the monitoring and filtering of data for children’s safety, health concerns – VR hangovers, post-VR sadness, and cyber addiction, access inequality – connectivity, headsets, and other devices, legal issues – virtual act crime, desensitization – issues like violence, racism, and misogyny, and identity hacking – safeguarding the identities of users.