The concept of the metaverse, a virtual world where people can interact with each other in real-time, has been around for several decades. However, there is no single person who can be credited as its inventor. The idea has evolved over time through various works of science fiction and technological advancements.
One of the earliest references to the metaverse can be found in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel “Snow Crash.” In this book, Stephenson describes a virtual reality world called the Metaverse, which is accessible via a computer network. Users can create avatars and interact with each other in this digital space.
In the years that followed, various technologies emerged that brought us closer to realizing the vision of the metaverse. For example, Second Life was launched in 2003 and allowed users to create their own avatars and explore a virtual world. It quickly gained popularity and had millions of active users at its peak.
Advances in virtual reality
More recently, advances in virtual reality (VR) technology have made it possible to create more immersive experiences within the metaverse. Companies like Oculus VR (now owned by Facebook) and HTC have developed VR headsets that allow users to fully immerse themselves in digital worlds.
Despite these technological advancements, no one person or company can claim to have invented the metaverse. Rather, it is an idea that has been shaped by numerous individuals and organizations over time.
Today, many companies are working towards creating their own versions of the metaverse. Facebook’s Horizon Worlds allows remote workers to collaborate in a shared virtual space while Roblox provides a platform for developers to create their own games within a larger digital universe.
There are also decentralized projects like Decentraland that use blockchain technology to allow users to buy and sell virtual land within their metaverse. These projects aim to give users more control over their digital identities and assets within these virtual worlds.
While there may not be a single inventor of the metaverse, it is clear that this concept will continue to evolve as technology advances. As we move towards an increasingly digitized future, it’s likely that we’ll see more companies and individuals trying to build their own versions of this immersive digital space.