Since its inception I’ve found the Metaverse and any ‘revolutionary’ news around it to be extremely underwhelming. I’ve never had faith that it would be anything more than a glorified Sims, but this week’s breakthrough might have just changed my mind.
In his latest podcast episode, Lex Fridman spoke to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a first-of-its-kind virtual interview in the Metaverse. Despite being miles apart physically, the two interacted seamlessly through hyper realistic avatars while wearing Meta Quest Pro headsets. And even a cynic like me is impressed. Imagine being able to watch a podcast and be in the same room as the host and the guest, or being able to speak to family members on the other side of the world as if you’re in the same room.
The interview shows a comparison of the real individuals with headsets, their avatar counterparts, and the final output, highlighting the technology’s ability to capture subtle expressions and details. Granted, this was achieved through extensive facial scanning, but Zuck hinted at a future where users may be able to create similar avatars with just their phones.
Until now, I feel like the metaverse had failed to live up to its initial concept, but this has made be believe in it a tad more. But no amount of epoch-altering technology will make me give a shit about Mark Zuckerberg doing jiu-jitsu.READ ORIGINAL STORY