Happy New Metayear!

Happy New Metayear to my friends, fans and followers,

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new, I take a brief moment to reflect on some exciting developments and opportunities that await us in the year ahead.

I’m optimistic about the future and believe that with joint effort and determination, we can create a better world for ourselves and those around us. And with the public availability of ChatGPT, I’m even more excited about the potential for AI to enhance our lives and the multitudes of metaverses.

Here are a few things we are looking forward to in the coming “Metayear”

  1. More wearable companions to smartphones (Modular Mobility)
  2. Apple releasing their very first metaverse device running on xrOS
  3. A shift towards more AR products (a first sign of Reversed Virtuality)

So here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful new year to all! May this new Metayear bring you joy, prosperity, and all that you wish for in any metaverse.

Wishing you all the best for 2023,
MetaMike van Zandwijk

PS. My family and I are enjoying the Christmas holidays so little to no posts from me this week. I will also switch to a more weekly in-depth article than short posts every other day.

New phase of Dubai’s metaverse strategy approved by its Crown Prince

Dubai’s metaverse strategy is entering a new phase now its Crown Prince approved to enhance the digital economy and implement measures to empower the use of the metaverse and future technologies. The official strategy “aims to turn Dubai into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies as well as a global hub for the metaverse community.”

Key insights on this news article of 24th Nov’22

  • Dubai publicly shares its, albeit high-level and general, metaverse strategy
  • Its aim is to become one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies
  • Aside attracting over 1.000 companies to Dubai in the field of blockchain and the metaverse, it aspires to support over 40.000 virtual jobs in 2030
  • The key technology pillars are no strangers: all XR (AR/VR/MR) and digital twins

Interested in the full news article? Visit the publication on Khaleej Times.

Must-see metaverse video: it’s not a tech wave but social tsunami

The Economist just published a 20-minute must see metaverse video: “How will businesses use the metaverse?” The film shows how creative industries like Hollywood and game studios are using metaverse technologies such as AI and Digital Twin next to AR/VR. If this sounds like a tech wave, wait till you see the social tsunami.

My key insights from this video

  • Leading industries like cinema, the army and healthcare are fully using “meta-tech” so the turning point for massive adoption is around the corner.
  • Global issues like climate change are faced with AI and Digital Twins as “the operating system of the metaverse” but there is still a big problem:
  • Lack of standards. We need protocols and structures to easily navigate from one (3D) world to another like we do with websites already.

Metaverse video

How will businesses use the metaverse?

There are multi-trillion dollar opportunities.

3 essential readings by visionary VR/AR pioneer Louis B. Rosenberg

Historically, Virtual and Augmented Reality did not become the “next big thing” in the 1990s because the internet did. After a VR Winter of 15 years, the metaverse hyped. Despite massive drops of Meta’s stock and staff similar across the board in Big Tech and crashing crypto currency, the metaverse is definitely not dead. So no: another long winter is not coming. The metaverse is inevitable. On one hand, perceiving the (digital) world in 3D is in our human DNA. On the other hand, almost the entire metaverse industry is already too big to fail.

The three recommended publications by Louis B. Rosenberg

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Hello, MetaWorld! With love, Mike

The internet was big. The smartphone huge. The metaverse could be world-shattering but interconnected metaverses world saving. Here is (Mike’s) why and how.

Key points in this launching post about my ‘metaverse beliefs’

  • 🚷 A singular metaverse by one or two Big Tech companies is devastating
  • 🕸️ New webs of interconnected METAGAMERS can solve world crises
  • 💡 So expect regular roundups, ideas and thought (so) leadership here
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