The metaverse is a hypothesized iteration of the internet as a single, universal and immersive virtual world. This emerging 3D-enabled digital space uses virtual reality, augmented reality, and other advanced internet and semiconductor technology to allow people to have lifelike personal and business experiences online. The metaverse refers to an immersive and persistent three-dimensional virtual realm, shared with many users, that spans various digital platforms and merges with the physical world. Meta defines the metaverse as “the next evolution in social connection and the successor to the mobile internet.” The concept of the metaverse has gained significant attention and interest in recent years, and it represents a vision of a fully immersive, interconnected digital world.


  • The metaverse means different things to different people. Some believe it’s a digital playground for friends.

  • Others think it has the potential to be a commercial space for companies and customers.

  • You can think of the metaverse as a cyberspace, or an evolved, three-dimensional internet where logging in isn’t necessary.


  • Accessibility. The metaverse is still in its early stages of development, and it is not yet accessible to everyone. VR and AR headsets can be expensive, and not everyone has the necessary computing power to run them.

  • Privacy and security. The metaverse raises a number of privacy and security concerns. For example, it is important to protect users' data from unauthorized access and to prevent fraud and abuse.

  • Addiction. The metaverse could pose a risk of addiction, especially among young people. It is important to develop strategies to mitigate the risk of addiction.

Here's a closer look at some of the elements of the metaverse:

  • Virtual worlds. Computer-generated environments.

  • Three-Dimensional. Without 3D capabilities, the metaverse would just be the internet.

  • Real-time rendered. Virtual worlds that can “respond to input from a user.”

  • Massively scaled. As big and diverse as the real world.

  • Interoperable network. A standardized set of protocols between various platforms that allow users to “carry” personal information from one virtual world to another.

  • Persistence. It’s always on and accessible to users.

  • Synchronous. People can share simultaneous experiences in real time.

  • Unlimited users and individual presence. Lets millions of users on at the same time, each with control over their own point of view, perhaps through an avatar.