At the beginning of this new year, the world of technology continues to evolve at a breakneck pace. Artificial intelligence, massive data, “cloud” computing and, above all, the metaverse will once again shape our digital lives in 2023.
And there’s no need to take out your high-tech crystal ball to predict what innovations will mark this new year: always more artificial intelligence programs in companies, generalization of dematerialized data processing called “cloud”, accelerated development of 5G networks… All against the background of fierce global competition between technology giants for the creation of metaverses. These 3D universes that simulate reality, connected to powerful computers, are accessible via avatars that represent our digital doubles. This hybridization between the real and the virtual will accelerate in 2023, estimates Jacques Moulin, director general of the DigiWorld Institute. This European think tankwhich brings together many personalities from the industrial, economic, political and academic worlds, predicts that the metaverse market will reach $1.5 trillion by 2030.
” A burgeoning cultural, social and industrial revolution »
” We are already more than 440 million users regularly frequenting the metaverse in the world, twice as many as Netflix subscribers. In detail, 84% of the users of these 3D virtual universes are under the age of 18. We are therefore witnessing a real burgeoning cultural, social and industrial revolution. This is why we encourage public authorities and private companies to offer training to support this digital development called “Web3“, to all EU citizens says Jacques Moulin.
Then he adds: Metaverses represents an obvious opportunity for our industries, regardless of their sectors of activity. Even more than an option, there is no choice but to accelerate in this area in Europe, which is already far behind on the subject compared to its American and Asian competitors. It is now urgent to define a joint operational roadmap for the EU countries. »
Europe is lagging behind in the race for virtualized universes
If non-European Big Techs invest heavily in metaverseEurope, her, falling behind. There is already a balance of power between nation-states and emerging digital communities within the entertainment or industrial sectors that use these immersive technologies. The risk in 2023 would be to see private interests increasingly supplant states’ powers in the areas of education, health or evencoin issuance. And from the public side, to know if these virtualized universes will finally respect our personal data and help us fight the climate crisis by being less energy consuming. These are the questions that perhaps at the beginning of the year we should be asking ourselves.
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