As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others have called it, Metaverse is a way to integrate our virtual lives more seamlessly with our real lives.
It will be “as if we were right there with the people, no matter how far away we are, we will be able to express ourselves in a joyful and whole new way,” Zuckerberg said.
Mark Zuckerberg believes that if Facebook succeeds, maybe in five or seven years, people will think of us primarily as a metaverse company, not as a mobile internet company. He thinks there’s a lot to do to create many business opportunities where millions of people worldwide can do creative work that they enjoy. Creating experiences, virtual objects, works of art, or other things inspire them more than any job they can do today.
He sees it as the future of the Internet. As per his vision, Metaverse will include parent company Facebook’s current offerings like WhatsApp and Messenger. Still, it will also offer businesses and content creators many new tools such as virtual homes, offices, and e-commerce opportunities.
Vulnerability of advanced technology
The Metaverse includes any digital experience on the Internet that is persistent, immersive, three-dimensional (3D), and virtual as if it were taking place in the physical world.
It combines aspects of social media, online gaming, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and cryptocurrencies, allowing users to interact virtually with the other side conveniently from the comfort of their homes. Perpahs with this technological shift, it’s essential to carefully assess if any safety or privacy issues could crop up while we are preparing to embrace this new avatar of the Internet.
User data privacy / identification
As there would be constant usage of a 3D avatar in a virtual world and AR, each user would have their avatar interacting with another user’s avatar. Such a situation in a virtual world would possibly raise concerns about any security or privacy of the users. The 3D avatars would not reflect the actual users behind these characters in all possibilities. Hence there should be a protocol for any issues related to verification and identity authentication of the avatars.
Necessary control checks are inevitable to balance both the anonymity and freedom of the user data in the Metaverse; hence to ensure both privacy and safety, identification of the user should be built-in.
Another critical space-related to safety is Data security. Since there is no limit on the number of users in Metaverse, this potential could mean that crucial personal information could be exchanged and shared within the virtual world. Metaverse companies like Meta and others will have access to extensive user data. They would need to handle massive data daily based on users’ preferences, etc. It is vital to have a fair and transparent policy on managing and using this information. If not, there is a potential risk of misuse of user data.
Existing technology related to system security
Basis the above-raised concerns related to data security and privacy, Metaverse is probably a completely different ball game. Hence, it is essential to revisit and check if the existing security systems would suffice. Check if there is a need to enhance further/improvise to have a complete system security solution to this vast virtual world for user data protection.
Also important to consider that when one Metaverse connects with another, is there safe integrity between these different environments concerning the user data.
Another aspect is to check on infringements of trademark and copyright data. Buying and selling items in the Metaverse may be difficult to police and thus become a growing issue for content owners. It would be a daunting task to locate and identify users infringing on intellectual property, given the vast virtual world of Metaverse. Hence this demands some advanced and innovative approaches to identify and ensure sanity.
In conclusion, Undoubtedly, Metaverse will grow faster given the growth in technological advancements. Therefore more and more users will interact, and different Metaverses will integrate, making it more prominent and challenging. Challenges will be related to legal, data security, and privacy. This new virtual universe will take its course to evolve, and we will need to wait and watch.