The Metaverse is the next generation of the Internet.

What Is The Metaverse

In the 1992 science-fiction novel "Snow Crash," author Neal Stephenson described a virtual world that runs parallel with our reality called the Metaverse. In the novel, people use digital avatars of themselves to interact with each other. The Metaverse connects people and objects in the virtual world to reality, thus integrating the digital world and the physical world, digital life and social life, digital economy and real-world economy, digital assets and physical assets, and digital identity and real identity. The pandemic accelerated the coming of the Metaverse. Many real-life scenarios, such as O2O e-commerce, remote service hall, online education, online concerts, online exhibitions, remote healthcare consultations, and smart manufacturing, are being realized rapidly online. The Metaverse is the next generation of the Internet, based on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Watch the full video from the Apsara Conference 2021 to get a better idea of the Metaverse.

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The Four Technology Pillars of the Metaverse

The Metaverse is composed of four technology layers. The first layer is holographic construction, the second layer is holographic simulation, the third layer is the integration of the virtual and physical worlds, and the fourth layer is the linkage of them.

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