While I was whipping up lunch this past Saturday, I had Lex Fridman’s podcast playing in the background. If you haven’t tuned in, Lex has this unique way of diving into “Conversations about the nature of intelligence, consciousness, love, and power.” This particular episode caught my ear - “Mark Zuckerberg: First Interview in the Metaverse.”

With all the chatter about the metaverse lately, not to mention Meta’s recent layoffs and their big bet on this new digital realm, I was all ears. I mean, who wouldn’t be curious about Mark’s take on this whole metaverse vision and where it’s headed?

The AR Glasses and the Metaverse

Understanding the Metaverse

To truly grasp the concept of the metaverse, one must first understand its origins and the ideas that fuel its growth. As described by WIRED, tech CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella envision the metaverse as the future of the internet. However, its definition has been somewhat elusive, with interpretations ranging from a video game to a virtual reality social platform. The term metaverse has been used broadly to describe a shift in how we interact with technology, encompassing technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality. Yet, it’s not limited to just VR or AR. For instance, virtual worlds in games like Fortnite are now being referred to as part of the metaverse.

The metaverse is not just about creating virtual spaces; it’s also about fostering a new digital economy where users can create, buy, and sell goods. The vision is for a world where virtual items can seamlessly transition from one platform to another. However, achieving this interoperability is a complex challenge. Despite the challenges, the potential of the metaverse is vast, and its development is being driven by tech giants and startups alike.

Meta’s Vision of the Metaverse

Meta is at the forefront of championing the metaverse’s potential. As highlighted on their official page, they believe in the future of connection in the metaverse, offering new ways to connect, share experiences, and collaborate. They emphasize that the metaverse will be built by everyone, with creators from all walks of life contributing their creative ideas and practical applications.

A Personal Dive into the Metaverse with Lex’s Podcast