Facebook plans on hiring 10,000 Europeans to work on the metaverse
Facebook is planning on recruiting the assistance of 10,000 workers across Europe to help build its metaverse vision.
Facebook plans to hire 10,000 Europeans to work in the metaspace
Facebook plans to enlist the help of 10,000 workers across Europe to build its metaverse vision.
Metaversion was first created in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash, where humans interact with each other and software agents as virtual avatars in a continuous 3D space. Since then, the idea has appeared in more popular books such as William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two.
Online games like Second Life tried to create something like a metaverse, but were limited by the technology of their time. Advances in “Industry 4.0” technologies including IoT, VR, AI, cloud/edge computing, blockchain, cryptocurrency, 5G, etc. open the potential for true meta-versions. Facebook, as the world’s largest social media platform and owner of VR giant Oculus, unsurprisingly wants to take the lead in realizing the dream of the metaverse. Failure to do so may mean that users spend less time interacting with Facebook’s platforms and more in the meta, where it has less impact.
While it is clear that the priority is to ensure early leadership, one of the most important pillars of the metaversion is that virtual worlds become interoperable. Users can switch from a Facebook meta to a meta hosted by Amazon, Google, Microsoft, or another company and must take their avatar and/or assets with them.