What is the “Metavers”, this new virtual El Dorado that makes digital giants dream?

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Facebook plans to create 10,000 jobs in Europe to build the “metaverse”, a virtual world that would appear as a kind of lining of the physical world, accessible through the Internet. Ultimately, the “metaverse” could, for example, make it possible to dance in a nightclub with people located thousands of kilometers away.

The American social media giant is not alone in this crazy race for the Internet of tomorrow. Other companies, such as the Chinese giants Alibaba or Tencent, are also betting on this future virtual world by investing colossal sums in it. What will the “metaverse” look like? How will it work? What changes will it induce in our digital uses and social interactions?

– François-Gabriel Roussel, honorary lecturer in Information and Communication Sciences, researcher in the Communication, Information, Media laboratory of the University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, author of several works on metavers including Virtual worlds. Panorama and perspectives (The Harmattan)

– Julien Pillot, teacher-researcher in Economics and Strategy atInseec Grande École, expert in GAFAM strategies (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft).


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