The Difference Between the Metaverse and the Internet.
Tech prophets are preaching the coming of the next big thing. And according to their gospel, the next cyberspace will be immersive, transcendent, 3D and all folded together. This has made some people start asking— what is the difference between the metaverse and the internet?
What is the Internet?
The internet is defined as a global network of billions of computers, millions of servers and other electronic devices that are facilitating worldwide communication. With the Internet, it’s possible to access almost any information, communicate with anyone else in the world, and do much more.
All of this can be done by connecting a computer to the internet, which in technical terms is referred to as going online. When someone says they are online, it’s just another way of saying their device, be it a phone or a laptop is connected to the Internet.
One of the key important aspects to understand about the internet is that it is a global network of physical cables, which can include copper telephone wires, fiber optic cables and TV cables. Even wireless connections like Wi-Fi and 3G/4G and 5G all rely on these physical cables to access the internet.
When you visit a website, for example, your computer sends a request over these wires to a server. A server is where websites are stored, and it works a lot like your computer’s hard drive.
Once the request arrives, the server retrieves the website and sends back the correct data to your phone or computer. This all happens in just a few seconds, that’s if you’ve got a fast internet connection of course.
What is the Metaverse?
The metaverse is defined as a digital space represented by digital representations of people, places, and things. In other words, it’s a “digital world” with real people represented by avatars and digital objects.
It is a combination of multiple elements of technology, including virtual reality and augmented reality where users “live” within a digital universe.
In his 1992 science fiction novel “Snow Crash,” Author Neal Stephenson coined the term “metaverse” in which he envisioned lifelike avatars who met in realistic 3D buildings and other virtual reality environments.
The Difference Between the Metaverse and the Internet:
With the internet, people are always interacting with something — be it a website, a game, or a social media platform that connects us to our friends.
But the metaverse takes this one step further and puts the user in the middle of the action. and that’s one aspect that differentiates the metaverse from the internet.