Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum Says There Is No Coherent Definition of Metaverse

Alex Dovbnya

Metaverse Is Confusing Even For Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin

In a recent tweetEthereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin claims it’s hard to define “metaverse,” one of the most popular buzzwords in technology.

Buterin says the term is only used to describe things that are meta “feel.”

As reported by U.Today, many major companies — from Walmart to Chevron — have jumped on the metaverse train with their recent patent filings.

The trend was started by social media giant Facebook which changed its name to Meta in late October. Such a bold gamble on virtual reality prompted numerous other companies to explore the metaverse.

The confusing term was originally coined by writer Neal Stephenson in his seminal novel “Snow Crash,” published way back in 1992.

However, the term itself does not refer to any specific technology or experience. Instead, it is a collective term for an amalgamation of technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and big data.

Moreover, there is not yet a fully functioning metaverse accessible to any virtual user. Enabling immersive metaverse experiences requires innovative types of rendering technology that may not be possible now. In addition, developers should integrate spatial audio and high-quality holograms.

Buterin notes that the metaverse tries to replicate “some aspects of realness” in the virtual world, even though these aspects are “opposite”.

Despite mounting skepticism and the market crash, Meta is not giving up on his metaverse plans. Company recently announced that it would launch a full-fledged metaverse academy in France.

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