Metaverse: Universal Avatars

This is a topic that is starting to get a bit of coverage. Whereas not long ago, the concept of the Metaverse was relegated to the the film Ready Player One, we now see a lot more attention being paid to the fact that a lot of development is taking place.

Before we get into the specifics of this article, it is vital to note that we are going to require a new mindset. Presently, we think in terms of online and offline. To us, the Internet is something separate from the "real" world. It is still something many of us frame as we "log onto" even though Internet connections are mostly always on.

Taking this a step further, we identify with ourselves in the physical world. The labels we assign ourselves feed into the identity we carry around. This starts with our name and branches out from there.

Of course, there are many who take on different personas. Actors, for example, will often change their names. Thus, they embrace a completely new identity. Naturally, they do this on stage/camera but also can do it in real life. We will delve into this in a bit.

Multiple Worlds

The Metaverse is going to see us "living" in multiple worlds. We are going to see a massive expansion in how we operate and relate to things.

Presently, the one field that embraces this is gaming. Online games allow people to enter into different realms, not only between games but often within the same one. This is a precursor to what we will experience down the road.

Of course, gaming is not real. We still have the ability to separate the two. Many feel this is "not real" since it is, after all, a game. We know that once we shut it down, it ends.

In short this is not real. But is that really the case?

To start, we do not associate all of the online world as being unreal. Was Amazon not real all those years that it operated almost exclusively online? Would anyone say that a website that conducts commerce is not "real"? The answer is pretty obvious.

Hence our concept of "real" changed a bit.

Also, gaming is not consider real, yet it is. Naturally, an online video game is just that, a game. It is not real. However, do we hold the same criteria to a baseball game. True it is a game but the players are real. So are the results. Plus, we know that professional sports are not just games but big business. The revenues they generate are real along with the jobs they provide.

Few would say the action that takes place is not real. Get hit by a foul ball and see how real it feels.

The point here is that our evolution into what we consider "real" is going to keep evolving. A couple decades back, our concept was only the physical world. That is changing as we engage more online.

As we progress forward, we are going to see multiple worlds opening up that we engage in. There will be billions of them available, just like websites. The difference is this will all be in 3-D, with lifelike resolution.

Therefore, our ability to operate in many different realms is going to be common. In this arena, the Newtonian laws of physics are basically overcome.

Multiple Personas

When we are interacting in these different worlds, we will be assuming many different personas. This will only grow as the experience becomes more "lifelike".

One of the keys to this will be the interaction with avatars. Our online personas will be tied to that. It will lead to us developing many personas, each being applicable to the individual realm in which they operate.

Of course, we are going to be free to develop whatever we desire. In fact, the further down the road this progress, the more "identities" we will acquire (or own). This is going to be enhanced by the advancement of AI which will enable us to automate many activities.

There will come a time when our day starts with the dispatching of our 100 avatars that we send off to "work". Naturally, we won't really do this since the automated ones will be operating 24/7. However, the point illustrates how we will be operating in different realms simultaneously.

At the same time, we have different things that we personally attend to. This could be done under one avatar or a couple. Each will carry a different persona depending upon what the goal is.

Ultimately, we will see our reach and capabilities expand a great deal.

Universal Avatars

The film Ready Player One did an admirable job showing how avatars will become part of our identities in the future. When we enter the virtual, immersive realm, what others see is how they will interact with us. This could be a reflection of ourselves, or something completely different.

A big challenge is we ended up with an Internet that is siloed. We have different platforms, some which are enormous, that do not associate with each other. The companies behind them each set up "walled gardens", controlling all the activity and, more importantly, data.

It is why we have a different log in accounts for Google and Facebook. This is also why something that is amassed in one game has no bearing upon another. Each is completely isolated from any of the others.

This is something that is being looked at by many in a completely different way. Obviously, blockchain and cryptocurrency take a new approach with one log in (on Hive as an example) accessing all applications built upon it. This is not a siloed system. Each project is part of a larger whole.

There is another facet of this being constructed. Many developers are aware of where things are going and are starting to address this. They are starting with the gaming world which is the obvious starting point. However, keep in mind this will expand over the next couple decades as the concept enters more areas of our lives.

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Wolf3D is a company that launched a cross-game platform for avatars which can be used in interconnected worlds. This is a concept that is fully applicable to what many view as the future in the Metaverse.

Unlike today's siloed Internet, it is one where people will seamlessly bounce around, entering and exiting different "worlds" without reference to the application or platform. If they are switching, their avatars (and ultimately a lot more) will be universal, applying to all as opposed to each individual one.

Wold3d's Co-Founder had this to say:

“We’re trying to build a cross-game service to enable a lot of virtual worlds to exist,” Tõke said. “We see more people spending more and more time in virtual worlds. The metaverse is kind of happening around us. But most of it isn’t happening in one world or one app. It’s a network of many different worlds that people visit for work and play and collaboration. And doesn’t really make sense for the end user to create a new avatar identity for each of those experiences. It makes sense to have one portable entity that travels with you across many different games and apps and experiences.”

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This platform is catering to developers to start to integrate what is created on there into different games they are designing. This helps to save the time of each developer having to design a batch of avatars for the players.

What this affords individuals is the ability to make an avatar once and then have that interact with many different games. Ultimately, this will spread where that same avatar will be used for hundreds of different things. It will become one of our "personas".

The next generation of development will focus upon universal use cases as opposed to the present focus of isolation. Down the road, the idea of operating and developing behind walled gardens will hold little appeal. Simply put, they will be too restrictive. It is what people are conditioned to now but that will change as more is rolled out.

Universal avatars are just the beginning. Over the next few years, the foundation will be put in place where they will start to become a central part of our lives.

It is all part of the formation of the Metaverse.


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I agree with you we spend most of our time on internet which is like a other dimension and I like the idea of multiverse

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Very eye opening, thank you. i've thought before about a world game, using an equitable governance system, to interact with the physical world. Get good stuff done (with you part of the consensus deciding what gets doe) in the physical world by playing a game

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It is something that is happening on many levels. The metaverse will unfold, likely, in waves. We will see different segments added as time passes.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency are definitely going to be part of the foundation.

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I bet many kids these days would love to have a dad like you. I simply devoured this post. It makes so much sense and it's another confirmation for me that the movies I was watching when I was a kid were actually showing us the future.

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I bet many kids these days would love to have a dad like you

I need a lot more crypto to be able to pay all those allowances.

Sci-Fi has an interesting effect on the future. Many theorize those writers are the ones who provide the roadmap for researchers and scientists to follow.

Interesting theory.

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That is really cool. I have never watched that movie or read the book, so don't quite get that specific example. I think I downloaded it at one point, but just never got around to watching it. I have heard it is really good. My recent entry into Minecraft and its tie in to Uplift World allows me to understand what you are talking about here. It is really cool how things can be when everything is integrated.

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It is a very good movie to show some of where we are heading. There might be, obviously, some points that are missed but it does show the general trend of immersive VR.

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I will have to circle back and check it out.

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Makes sense. I've got only 2 questions:

  1. Are the too early to the market?
  2. Is the tech good enough to deliver on promise?

Some products come too early. Imagine Netflix before fast broadband with large data caps.

Some don't have good enough tech. Barely anything works on ETH for regular user like me. It's super slow and super expensive.

If those 2 things are taken care of we've got most of the work done IMHO.
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That is always the risk with technology. There is so much dependence upon convergence that it often causes people to miss the boat. We will see if they are early or not.

The one benefit is this is targeting developer so they are the ones who will be building stuff out.

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Twenty years ago it was said that in 2021 there would be flying cars, but the truth is that we are approaching the future in a different way, a much better way where digital technology is almost 100% part of our lives.

Hopefully there will not be a future where we will be fat obese people who do nothing like in wall e. hahahah.

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Hopefully there will not be a future where we will be fat obese people

Bio-tech will take care of that. We will just shut off the fat gene.

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So do you envision a more automated world where we just send avatars to do the jobs for us? It seems like a weird concept to wrap your head around since I was thinking it would be a more immersive virtual experience.

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It seems like a weird concept to wrap your head around since I was thinking it would be a more immersive virtual experience.

There certainly will be both.

As for the AI driven avatars, just thing of trading programs. They operate without human interaction. Also consider bots and how they simply operate throughout the day.

We will have things that are done by humans and others done by machines. With cryptocurrency we will have the ability to profit from each.

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This is so ready to happen. A year ago nobody heard of V-tubers. Then they were all over youtube. Now they're all over twitch. I've even seen some V-tubers starting to make only fans pages.

Having a digital representation that is persistent across the web will be essential and empowering for so many reasons. Do I run multiple businesses? Cool, different avatars to represent them. Am I disabled? Am I transgender? I can actively choose how I'm seen rather than deal with the cards I'm dealt.

This will be socially and commercially game changing. I think it's inevitable. And I think we're already seeing the beginning of it.

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Add in the immersive feel that will come from haptic and other things and we can see how the web will be experiential.

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Absolutely. I can think of all of the rehabilitative uses for that as well. It's going to be awesome.

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I saw the Ready Player One movie, I can totally relate it with this post. Exploring the Metaverse will be so cool. What is even more cool is that we’ve barely scratched the surface of it

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We barely scratched the surface because very little is built. LOL

With each passing day, we are moving closer to the new reality.

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I love the concept of avatars. Kinda of like my alter ego “automaton”. My real name is too common. :)

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