Metaverse: The reality that is and isn’t

The term metaverse was coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 sci-fi novel Snow Crash. Photos: Video grabs; collage: Immayabharathi K

It’s Saturday evening. There maybe just enough time to finish up some household chores before you head out to meet the ‘gang’. So you rush through the work, stop to catch your breath and then sink into a couch and put on a virtual reality headset. And you’re off for the evening — into the metaverse.

So, what is that really? To begin with, it is something which is and at the same something which is not.

Naturally, it sounds like a world of pixels. But aren’t we used to that by now? For nearly two years, much of everything people did, while navigating the pandemic lockdowns, was via Zoom–work meetings, conferences, birthday parties, even weddings. What then is metaverse......