META CEO Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for the metaverse and thinks humans will spend most of their time there in the near future.
The tech billionaire is betting that the metaverse will increasingly play a large role in everyday life in the next decade, so The US Sun has rounded up some examples of how it’s already encroaching on reality.
This year, Zuckerberg told tech podcaster Lex Fridman: “A lot of people think that the metaverse is about a place, but one definition of this is it’s about a time when basically immersive digital worlds become the primary way that we live our lives and spend our time.”
He added: “I think that’s a reasonable construct.”
The metaverse already hosts lots of virtual versions of real-life events.
Unfortunately, some of these VR events are better than others.
Marriage in the metaverse
Dating in the metaverse is rising in popularity, and people can even get married in the virtual world.
In fact, a number of real-life couples have already tied the knot on metaverse platforms like Decentraland and Virbela.
One such ceremony, which made headlines around the world, was that of Dinesh Padmavathi and Janaganandhini Ramasamy.
According to Forbes, the Indian couple’s wedding involved personalized NFTs, a virtual musical performance, and a digital resurrection of the bride’s late father.
In another metaverse wedding, couple Candice and Ryan Hurley were famously able to host 3,200 guests from around the world.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
This year, Macy’s decided to have its second virtual parade in the metaverse but it wasn’t as exciting as it sounds.
I watched the metaverse Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade alongside the real-life version as it brightened up Sixth Avenue in New York.
The metaverse version, however, was not so joyous or lively.
Virtual balloons floated past a virtual Macy’s store on a completely empty and silent gray street.
While the real Sixth Avenue is full of humans enjoying the day, the metaverse version appeared lifeless.
Will Coss, the executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, previously said: “We are excited to bring this spectacle once again to the web3 virtual landscape with a fun experience that empowers our fans, collectors and our highly engaged Discord community.”
metaverse fashion week
The metaverse even hosted Fashion Week this year.
The event took place in the virtual reality of Decentraland from March 24 to March 27 and I went along to check out day one.
Unfortunately for my avatar, things didn’t go exactly as planned.
Things took a turn for the worse when I went to visit the “luxury fashion yacht.”
The interior of the boat itself is pretty impressive and was reminiscent of the grand style of the Titanic.
However, my problems arose when I attempted to leave the yacht through its virtual portal.
Somehow, I exited straight into the metaverse sea and could not get myself to shore no matter how much I tried.
It was later confirmed by the software developers that I had found a glitch and that my avatar had in fact drowned.