What is the Metaverse?

This is the Defiant’s foundational guide to the Metaverse. It would take way way too long to go into all the different expressions of the Metaverse but this is our view of how the core of this exciting new space is not about immersive universes with hypercolour graphics but something far simpler and more profound.

With thanks to Piers Kicks, Matthew Ball and Eric Elliot whose work was such a huge help in putting this together.

During the presentation ironically videos hosted on Google Drive refused to stream so I’ve included the presentation for you to view at your own leisure.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LQh37ToLXktXvXaKUEF1vGjCxqSUnM-PRii6L3Pz0DU/edit?usp=sharing

00:00 Metaverse Intro, a reading from Snow Crash https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_Crash
02:36 Titles & Sponsors
04:08 Intro to the Metaverse – Why should we care?
12:04 Where to begin? Apes, Sandbox, expanding universes?
14:44 Avatars, Metaverses and ancient games
19:32 Travis Scott (all videos linked below)
22:41 Video gamer market – it’s HUGE
26:15 Matthew Ball’s 7 pillars of the Metaverse
35:26 Piers Kicks definition of the Metaverse
41:17 Self-image will be a huge growth industry, based around avatars – Who you are, and what you have done
44:31 Defi + NFT’s + the Metaverse = a high-powered vehicle to go anywhere you want
45:51 The Value Superhighway
50:12 Can we keep the Metaverse Open?
56:33 Questions
56:55 Can corporations takeover web3 and make it web4?
58:55 What are the potential dangers/negatives of having a metaverse?
1:00:20 Do you guys believe this will happen on the blockchain?
1:00:56 How do you see the metaverse effecting someone with littlie interest in gaming or social interaction? With a lack of free time, I struggle to see how it warrant the investment at present.
1:02:28 What are your thoughts on the issue of certain groups/factions taking hold of large amounts of digital property on various platforms?
1:04:17 What advice do you have toward a blockchain gaming startup looking to be fundamental component of the metaverse?
1:06:00 I struggle to see how the metaverse can work beyond just skins, properties, need to be interpreted to make any item useful and that needs someone to implement it?
1:08:36 Can we see Star Atlas as one of the best sample games for Metaverse in future?
1:10:37 Facebook just dumped 10 billion dollars into metaverse implementations. What do you think that will look like?
1:13:20 I believe 5G connection speed will be crucial to have this metaverse experience with googles on. What do you think?
1:16:12 All the games on blockchain are nothing burgers only thing that’s holding everything up is hopium to become rich, the entire space is built on greed everything else is noise to lessen the pain
1:19:18 How about how cool the real world is. The virtual world is still horrible. The virtual world is not going to be as big as immersed reality. virtual in the real world.
1:26:47 Are we living in a simulation?
1:28:28 Outro

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