Some predictions about the impact of the metaverse on our lives

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Facebook’s renaming to Meta came as a bit of a shock to the world. However, Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote demonstrates that Facebook extends beyond a reality we can touch and feel.

This change is bigger than what Facebook represents and hence Meta was born. The potential of the metaverse is that we could build a world that allows each of us to express the best of ourselves. Zuckerberg demonstrated what the world could look like using both virtual and augmented reality as a daily part of our human experience.

There are many parts of the metaverse worth exploring, but here are some predictions for how it will change the way we work and drive social evolution towards a more tolerant society.

We will begin to express ourselves in new and exciting ways

We will begin to see radical self-expression in these environments as people learn to manipulate the virtual world around them using tools designed for creators, by creators. If you don’t have time to create your own world, you can explore other people’s worlds and even potentially use their creations as your own.

Each person will have a character that represents themselves in the metaverse called an avatar. We’ll learn to express pieces of ourselves through these avatars in ways we might not have experienced before. Imagine the ability to try out different “skins” and how that could help you retain more faith in the metaverse. The goal is for this to translate into their real life. If you have more confidence in the metaverse with your custom avatar, having more confidence in real life more easily becomes a byproduct. It will open the door for each of us to express ourselves more deeply, and it will allow people to all get to work.

While all types of avatars are accepted, I hope that we as humans will be too.

We will become a more accepting and tolerant work culture

One of the biggest challenges to large-scale cultural acceptance is unconscious bias. Every person has some form of unconscious bias that shows up in their actions at work. We have done a lot of work as a community to resolve this issue and there is still work to be done. However, in the metaverse, I expect these unconscious biases to begin to fade.

It will be much harder for -isms to coexist in a metaverse where our projections are just a fragment of who we are. The ability to change avatars makes it difficult to hold onto these biases, as we will begin to understand that someone’s outer skin does not fully reflect their state of being. We can’t forget that there’s always a human behind the avatar, after all. Imagine a world with radical acceptance as we begin to celebrate the differences in our avatars that lead to greater acceptance of our embodied selves.

Creators who have the skills to create some of the most robust environments and avatars will certainly lead the way in expanding the definition of what being human means and looks like in the metaverse. But ultimately, I imagine this convergence of technology and the real world will accelerate our ability to accept ourselves for who we are.

Work will feel like play

Imagine a day at the office where you teleport to Shanghai for a meeting with your chief engineer, to the Poconos for a meeting with your boss, and to a fairy tale fantasy land for a meeting with a supplier partner. The ability to teleport ourselves to radically different real and imagined worlds for meetings will add a creative touch to our day.

We will discover places we have never seen before while being completely immersed in the environment. We will not just look at the place where the meeting is held. Instead, we will live it and feel it as if we were really there. The pure creative power that will be available will help all of us expand our imaginations.

Say goodbye to boring conference rooms. Hello, collaboration destinations.

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We will create our collaborative work environment

Work environments will take on a whole new meaning in the metaverse. There will be no limit to the environments we can create. There will be no barriers between the environments as we can simply switch between them. Imagine a world where companies of all sizes can create a desirable employee experience on an equal footing. This will have a profound impact on working conditions and employee satisfaction.

We’ll invite people into our imagination

Imagine having the ability to invite someone into your imagination. What would you create for them?

The concept of inviting a colleague into your “home” will take on new meaning as it will be more achievable than ever and even more personal as it is an environmental design. It may even push some buttons for people who might feel the experience is too personal for them. Yet imagine if this radical self-expression could bring us closer together.

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We can feel a dissonance between reality and the metaverse

Let’s face it, living in a world where I can have whatever I want, whenever I want, feels like a dream. But it will also come with some drawbacks. Going from a metaverse built around a real-time experience and then back to reality where things tend to manifest more slowly will be a bit of a shock to the system. So much so that it could cause people to disconnect from their real lives in favor of the world they’ve created in the metaverse. Or it could just be disorienting bouncing between the two experiences. We’re going to have to learn to navigate both worlds at the same time.

Our mental health will be impacted

This could impact both positively and negatively on our mental health as we live in two worlds: one that we created to our exact specifications and one that responds to our desires in a much slower way. As with any new technology, we will have to be careful not to disconnect so much from our real life that it becomes difficult to navigate them at the same time. While having a meeting with my boss as a Klingon sounds like fun, it can also be a bit distracting or even offensive to some. There will have to be community regulation as we learn to balance the lines between work and play.

Our virtual worlds will become augmented reality

You’ve seen augmented reality in movies and on TV. It’s when there is a digital overlay to the human experience, providing both information and integrated real-life experiences.

It will be important for us to balance our experience of what Earth has to offer in the real world while using technology to learn more about the world we have yet to experience. As our world changes with technology and we enter the metaverse, there is no doubt: technology will be at the helm.

We will have to address new questions about the future of work, because it will not be remote, it will be virtual. We will need policies that address the creation of collaborative work environments and avatars. We need evaluations of experiences to understand their impact on people. And we will need moderation from the community to make everyone feel safe. We will have to discuss agreements on what is and is not acceptable to work in form or to do the work while having room to play.

The future of work is going to require a new kind of thinking and will require a new kind of leader. We will need leaders with strong values ​​who understand how to build communities, not teams. We will need leaders with strong ethics who can answer difficult questions that we have never considered before. We need leaders who know how to disagree and find a better solution, because we will most certainly come up against each other’s expectations. And we need leaders who care deeply about people and understand that we are entering a new kind of future for life, work and play.

We are entering a future where technology is about to superimpose itself on our lives. Imagine this world in relation to the world we find ourselves in today.

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