Meta’s metaverse chief admits the ‘hype is dead’

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    Good morning from Geneva.

    With the ongoing generative AI fanfare, we are in danger of forgetting that before ChatGPT, there was a Metaverse, a three-dimensional iteration of the Internet that users could enter via virtual reality headsets.

    Even a year ago, the hype was still huge, with someone pouring in over $450,000 to become rapper Snoop Dogg’s next-door neighbor on “Snoopverse,” and the City hopes the Metaverse economy will grow to 13 by 2030. estimated to be worth a trillion dollars. luck Editor-in-Chief Alison Shontel cautioned attendees: luckBrainstorm Tech conference this week.

    However, the boom quickly collapsed. As the name suggests, Meta Inc., which has gone all-out to the Metaverse, saw its stock price drop by almost three-quarters in the second half of 2022. This is partly because we spent billions on the Metaverse but didn’t get a big return. Back up that big bet. Disney and Microsoft, meanwhile, closed their Metaverse divisions entirely.

    So what does the future hold for the industry?

    “The Metaverse hype is over,” Meta’s Metaverse head Vishal Shah confirmed yesterday during a conversation with Shontell at Brainstorm Tech in Park City, Utah. The flagship product of his division is horizon worldis now focused on user retention rather than growth, and building a valuable core product rather than sprawling expansion. He said the most popular use cases are “social,” gaming and fitness, not business.

    Of course, the Metaverse, like other technologies that came before it, may just be returning to Earth rather than facing complete extinction. Apple just announced the Vision Pro premium augmented reality headset last month. Meta is still investing in a more “democratic” version of the Metaverse, Shah said.

    But at least for now, much of the tech industry seems to be moving forward. The debate over AI regulation and the renewed battle between Twitter and Meta’s Threads is a new topic. Thread count surpassed his 100 million users yesterday. Breaking the record set by OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

    For the rest of us, I would argue that the lesson here is to focus on the undercurrent, not the waves coming and going on the surface. The real question for business owners is how to keep their business model relevant in the digital age, not whether they should buy a virtual house next to Snoop Dogg. For lawmakers, it’s about how to maintain trust and shared prosperity in a world where technology naturally does the opposite.

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    Peter Vanham
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