WATCH — What is the metaverse?

Published 2021-11-22 18:12

The future vision of the internet looks a lot like sci-fi

Every Monday, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that everyone’s talking about. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.

Maybe you’ve heard the term metaverse, but do you know what it means?

Recently it’s been in the news because the company formerly known as Facebook rebranded and is now called Meta.

But Facebook didn’t come up with the concept.

The term actually dates back to 1992 and a science fiction novel called Snow Crash by author Neal Stephenson.

Since then, the word “metaverse” has gone from sci-fi to real life, as individual developers and big companies like Meta and Microsoft begin to build and brand their products as “metaverse products.”

Are you familiar with Minecraft, Roblox, Discord and Fortnite?

Then you may have already seen a sneak peek into what the future metaverse could be like.

The metaverse is still being created and understood and not everyone agrees on how it should come about, who should create it and what it all means for our digital futures.

There’s a lot to unbox here. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. KN Explains:

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Ameko Eks Mass Carroll
Ameko Eks Mass Carroll
CBC Kids News Contributor
Ameko Eks Mass Carroll is a Grade 12 student and nature enthusiast from Northern British Columbia who’s passionate about animals, music, politics and fishing. Ameko is genderfluid (he/him/his, but is not insulted by any pronoun). Ameko made Canadian history as the first Canadian actor submitted to both male and female categories of Canadian award shows (The Leo Awards and The Joey Awards) for the film Limina. He won a special achievement award at the Joeys for his bravery in fighting for inclusivity and diversity.

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