Wandering around the metaverse is like being in a computer game, but soon, it will look exactly like real life. Unlike some dystopian visions of the metaverse, I don’t think we will give up on reality and stop participating in the physical world. On the other hand, advancements in artificial intelligence content generation will likely lead to a photo-realistic metaverse featuring exact replicas of ourselves and propel us toward a hyper-reality that combines our real-world and digital lives.
Everything we do today on the internet will happen in the metaverse, just with a more engaging visual interface. The virtual content we interact with today is low-resolution and cartoonish, which makes sense because making realistic content is expensive, and gaming makes up the majority of what is currently available in the metaverse. On the other hand, the physical world around us is vivid and rich with high-definition personalized content experiences that run 24/7 — also known as reality.
Tom Graham is a lawyer turned internet and society researcher. In the seven years prior to co-founding Metaphysic, Tom, a serial entrepreneur, built tech companies in San Francisco and London. He has always been obsessed with computational photography and computer vision and now works alongside the best developers in the space on the next evolution in how to build and perceive reality — one pixel at a time.
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