The metaverse has arrived. According to a Citi report, this could bring in up to $13 trillion for businesses worldwide by 2030.
This astronomical valuation is based on the notion that the metaverse, the name we currently use for the “next level” internet, is predicated upon the assumption that the metaverse is what we are currently using. We might log in to Amazon, Facebook, and Slack today for shopping, socializing, and working online. Instead, we’ll head to one of the new metaverse services tomorrow, where we can do all those things in an immersive, interactive, and more experiential way.
This may not be the end. Some “far-fetched” theories suggest that we might one day live in the metaverse, our brains connected to digital worlds that are completely different from reality. Is that not absurd? It’s possible that some people believe that we might already be there. class=”color-link” data-ga-track=”ExternalLink:https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/” href=”https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank” title=”https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/”>we might be there already!
If we stay in the present moment for a second (or at the least, what we believe is the present and now), then there’s $13 trillion to consider. Anyone who is interested in taking a slice of this $13 trillion could do worse than to think about the skills and experiences that will be required in this brave new digital age. We’ll need engineers and architects to build it. Teachers will teach us how to use it. Artists will fill it with beautiful things. And maybe even police to keep it safe.
This is a new field and no one knows what it will look like once it becomes mainstream. One thing is certain: The metaverse is coming. If you’re interested in being a part, these might be the skills that will help you secure your place.
3D Modeling and Design
Metaverse worlds are immersive and three-dimensional. We can already see this in the worlds created by everyone from Meta to Roblox and Decentraland. These environments must be functional and enjoyable to use. This is what animators and video game designers do best. The task of designers is to conceptualize, prototype, and build the environments metaverse users will explore, as well as the objects, avatars, and avatars they interact.
Designers will create many metaverse experiences using low-code and no-code worldbuilding tools, such as Roblox, Somnium Space, or Unity, which require some knowledge of coding. These tools must be created from the beginning – as the metaverse matures and its users become more sophisticated, new tools will be required to create new immersive experiences. Companies and organizations looking to stay on the cutting edge of metaverse development will always need coding skills.
AR/ VR Development
Metaverse doesn’t necessarily have to be augmented or virtual reality (VR), as many popular platforms that offer metaverse experiences – Roblox and Decentraland for example – are easily accessed on regular, 2D screens. Many believe that virtual reality will be a major part of metaverse creations as they seek to create the most immersive environments and interfaces possible. AR can help bridge the gap between real and virtual worlds. This is an important element of the metaverse experience. Both of these technologies are in high demand.
Blockchain / NFT Engineering
There are many visions of the future of the metaverse, including concepts such as decentralization and uniqueness digital assets. Blockchain will be the underlying technology layer to make all of this possible. Blockchain will be the underlying technology layer. This will allow for the creation of distributed, decentralized infrastructure. NFT technology allows us to create unique or limited-edition assets, and show who is the owner or who has the right or permission to use them. The metaverse development and administration will be greatly aided by those who have the ability to build this web3 infrastructure.
Data and information are the foundation of the digital world. To understand the behavior of users in the metaverse and create experiences that meet their needs and wants, data will be collected. The information gathered from the real world will be used for creating environments that are more like our reality, and therefore more engaging and immersive. We will use the data we have gathered in real life to create and consume services that improve our lives. Virtual domains will allow us to do the same. Data specialists will be required to analyze it and make insights.
UX/ UI Design
The connecting points between us in the real world, and the virtual realms of the metaverse are user interfaces (UIs). We will need to be able to use touchscreen interfaces on our smartphones or immersive VR’s full body-tracking capabilities. This is a part of the larger field of user experience (UX), which is the science and art of making sure that software (in this instance, metaverse software), is intuitive, fun, and rewarding. Anyone looking to start a career in metaverse design would benefit from being proficient in one or both of these fields.
Metaverse product managers will be responsible for delivering metaverse experiences to customers, which are end-users and citizens of virtual worlds. To create metaverse experiences requires a variety of skills and knowledge. Project management experience is essential to ensure that everything fits together. These skills will ensure that each element is executed to a high standard, and contributes to the overall experience’s quality.
As we spend more time online and in connected environments, security is as crucial in the virtual world as in the real world. The metaverse will host everything, from shopping to healthcare. This means that we must take great care to ensure that all channels through which valuable data is shared – credit card numbers to conversations about our health–are secure and not vulnerable to being exploited by malicious actors.
Like the internet, the metaverse is a huge advertising and marketing opportunity. Marketers and others in the advertising industry will need to be able to find new ways to promote products or services and build brand awareness within virtual spaces. It is a great opportunity for marketers who want to work on the next frontier. Companies such as Nike, MacDonalds and Goldman Sachs have already invested large amounts in metaverse marketing initiatives.
Social Responsibility and Ethics
Last, but not least, anyone who creates metaverse experiences or environments has a responsibility for minimizing the risk of harm to others, the wider society and the environment. These skills can be used to ensure that these virtual worlds are not too addictive or promote equality, inclusion, and fundamental freedoms.
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