How far is the metaverse from us?

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  Around the global hot word "metaverse", as long as you are willing to open your mind, there are always unimaginable spaces and endless topics to talk about.

On April 22, at the sub-forum "How far is 'Metaverse' from us?" at the 2022 Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, a number of leaders of leading Chinese and foreign companies began to imagine the underlying technology and future scenarios of the "Metaverse".

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  "The Metaverse is the deduction of the Internet world, and it is also the connection between virtual and reality." "From an engineering point of view, the Metaverse is a three-dimensional representation of the Internet. Just like the Internet, it requires developers, artists and companies to build it together." Shen Wei, global vice president of NVIDIA and general manager of professional visual computing in Asia Pacific, said.

  Tian Qi, chief scientist in the field of artificial intelligence of Huawei Cloud and academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, believes that the metaverse is a fusion of the physical world and the digital world.

"The development of AI technology from more realistic to more intelligent will build an intelligent brain for the metaverse, so that humans can 'go to the sky', explore the physical universe infinitely, and build a virtual universe in the virtual world."

  "There are many possibilities for the future of the metaverse, whether it will be a metaverse that makes the real world better, or a 'pacifier-type' metaverse that makes people addicted to the virtual world, depends to a large extent on our original intention and every step. choice.” said Duran, senior vice president of iFLYTEK Co., Ltd.

  "The Metaverse is not simply understood by many people. It is a new virtual world created outside the physical world." According to Yuan Hui, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaoi Robot, the Metaverse is not just a technology, It is the process of reawakening human beings to understand the world.

  The term metaverse, first mentioned by author Neil Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel "Avalanche", refers to the existence of an environment that is exactly the same as the real world as a parallel world in a virtual digital world.

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  "The metaverse is still in its infancy. It is necessary for us to think forward and make it develop in a direction that is beneficial to human beings." Duran said that this is determined by the laws of technological development.

  "Only by understanding the boundaries of technology can we see clearly the current state and future of the metaverse." Duran analyzed that from the perspective of the infrastructure required for the development of the metaverse, computing power is the most obvious restrictive factor at present, which directly affects the metaverse. With the development of vision, interaction, and AI technology, it is currently difficult to achieve both high degree of freedom and high immersion in the public ideal.

  Tian Qi likened the current state of the Metaverse to "Pangu created the world" in ancient Chinese myths.

"We already have the initial ability, and the next step is to 'Nuwa to create a human', this person is a 'digital human'. The intelligence of digital human is divided into two levels, the first is perceptual intelligence, and the second is cognitive intelligence. "

  Yuan Hui made a bolder prediction: "The metaverse will explode globally within three years, and artificial intelligence is accelerating the arrival of the metaverse." The data supporting his view is the market shipments of VR and AR terminals in recent years .

He said that VR and AR are the main terminals supporting the Metaverse, and as the terminal scale continues to grow and popularize, service content will also emerge in large numbers.

"The Metaverse is not too far from us," Yuan Hui said.

  Opportunity and bubble coexist

  What changes can the metaverse bring to our production and life?

This may be the question that the public is most concerned about.

  Dai Pu, Co-President of Roland Berger's Global Management Committee, took Industry 4.0 as an example: "Metaverse can accelerate the development of Industry 4.0 and other technologies, and can better adapt to the consumer market."

  Tian Qi believes that metaverse technology not only has huge imagination space in the business and entertainment industries, but also can serve the society and people's livelihood in a wider field.

For example, education, medical, etc.

  "In the short term, I think opportunities and bubbles coexist." Duran said rationally and peacefully, "There are short-term opportunities in some scenarios of the Metaverse. Games and social networking will be the first scenarios for the Metaverse to land. At the same time, the Metaverse will also The feast of being an entrepreneur, the story material of giants, and the carnival of capital and currency circles will generate a lot of bubbles." At the same time, she revealed that iFLYTEK has simultaneously developed digital virtual machines while developing "soft and hard integration" companion robots. people matrix.

  "The Metaverse has actually embraced all the productive forces and production methods in the past, and driven by technology, it will create new productive forces and production methods that humans have never seen before." As a national and international standard for artificial intelligence The leader of the main participating companies, Yuan Hui said firmly: "Xiao i's AI capabilities have long been ready to embrace the coming of the Metaverse Era."