Even technology experts can’t agree on the future impact of the nascent metaverse, currently under construction.
Many predict it will fulfill much-hyped hopes and expectations by 2040. Almost as many predict it won’t.
That mixed bag of opinions comes in a nonscientific canvassing of 624 technology experts conducted by Pew Research Center and Elon University.
The global tech innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists were asked for their predictions about the trajectory and impact of the metaverse by 2040.
With the metaverse still taking shape, the June 30 “The Metaverse in 2040” report described it as a realm of different kinds of computer-generated, networked-extended realities: mixed reality (MR), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), which can all be lumped together under the acronym XR (extended reality).
“At this point in time, the metaverse is generally made up of somewhat- immersive XR spaces in which interactions take place among humans and automated entities,” the report said. “Some are daily interactions with augmented-reality apps that people have on their computers and phones. Some are interactions taking place in more-immersive domains in gaming or fantasy worlds. Some occur in ‘mirror worlds’ that duplicate real-life environments.”