Inside a new military race to dominate the metaverse as the US and China prepare for electronic warfare – Reuters

TECH’s race to build the most complex and vast metaverse could establish the next global power and change the future of war.

Metaverse is still in its infancy, but its unlimited potential is causing companies to invest billions of dollars in its development.

The US military is already using virtual reality and metaverse in its training simulationCredit: Unknown, Clear with Photo Bureau
But China is preparing for a reverse war that “affects the adversary’s thinking, perception, and decision-making,” according to a March 2022 report by an Air Force think tank.Credit: MCPA
Metaverse is a vast and immersive 3D world with unlimited potential for good and evil, including futuristic electronic warfare
Metaverse is a vast and immersive 3D world with unlimited potential for good and evil, including futuristic electronic warfareCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Most of the potential uses of the Metaverse in the United States have been associated with civilian commercial and entertainment purposes.

But China is preparing for an adverse war that “affects the adversary’s thinking, perception, and decision-making,” according to a March 2022 report by an Army think tank.

Elmer Francisco, CEO of VetCoin, told The Sun that the Metaverse is the next step in the evolution of weapons after drones.

“Before, people used swords to fight. Today people use guns and other weapons. Then nations used drones. It’s similar now except for what is now in the metaverse, where soldiers use computers to engage in electronic warfare,” Francisco said.

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“Soldiers will not only need to know how to fight by hand, but also how to program. Soldiers must be able to manipulate the virtual field.”

Francisco said that a military app creates realistic avatars or bots that can be controlled remotely much like one would use a virtual reality kit.

Except that it will be XR technology – extended reality – that you will “use to manipulate the real world with machines even if you don’t physically exist,” he said.

“In the military, there will be no soldiers who have to be amputated because it is their robot that will go off with explosives,” Francisco said.

“It will be like a video game. You will just have to appear somewhere else. There will be a base where these robots or avatars are and a soldier from the United States is in control of this robot.”

But, the CEO of VetCoin said it has been responsive. There is an opportunity to be proactive and use the metaverse as a deterrent as the atomic bomb has done for decades.

“We need to make our systems foolproof and foolproof so that competitors from the United States are deterred,” he said.

“When you have the most advanced technology, which for a longer period after the Cold War, the United States has the most advanced technology in many areas, especially in the military field. That is why other countries have not messed with the United States before.

“Now they do it because the rules of the game are equal. That is why Russia and China are speeding up the development of their technology,” Francisco said.

In theory, the stronger the deterrence, the more this technology will be used for humanitarian purposes – such as medical missions – rather than violent conflict.

“It’s a technique and it depends on how you use it,” he said. You can use your cell phone to call a loved one or you can use it to detonate a bomb.

“It is very important to make the technology as advanced as possible so that no one thinks of doing something as stupid as war.”

The report – published by the Air Force’s China Aviation Studies Institute – cites Chinese authors from the PLA’s top research institute.

What exactly “Metaverse War” will look like is unknown at this point.

But the Chinese authors suggest three modes of confrontation: “platform confrontation, system (supply chain) attack, and indirect hijacking,” according to a report from the Air Force Research Center.

Cross-platform confrontation is described in the report as attacks to “disrupt, delay, deter, destroy and eliminate the presence and action of the metaphysical enemy.”

The system attack will “attack and block the key nodes and technology threads that support the adversary’s metaverse.”

Indirect hijacking can “alter the hardware of communications technology and use deceptive means to alter the functionality of the adversary’s metaverse system”.

Who won the “TECH RACE?”

Avec des méga-entreprises comme Meta (anciennement Facebook), basée aux États-Unis, et plusieurs géants de la technologie de la Silicon Valley investissant autant d’argent dans le métaverse, Francisco a déclaré qu’il les penissait Évét a path.

“For many decades, the United States has always been at the forefront of the virtual world and space,” he said. And my view – and the opinion of many others – is that the United States is always ahead. »

The Air Force Think Tank report – which cites a Chinese publication titled Who Can Win Metaverse? – said the US is “very far ahead in metaverse”.

But from a cultural and objective point of view, China is superior. »

In another article, “New Battlefield-Metaverse,” the author positions the Metaverse as an extension of the great power competition between the United States and China, according to an Air Force Research Group report.

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“In the future, China and the United States will inevitably compete in metaphysics,” the author writes.

“Metaverse, although still in its infancy, will become a reflection of real-life society in the future, and issues of jurisdiction will be one of the many areas of conflict between the two nations.”

VR glasses are just one way to access the metaverse, which is evolving into XR technology - extended reality - that works like virtual reality but may have real-world applications.
VR glasses are just one way to access the metaverse, which is evolving into XR technology – extended reality – that works like virtual reality but may have real-world applications.Credit: Getty Images – Getty
China is preparing for war using the metaverse, according to an Air Force research center report released in late March
China is preparing for war using the metaverse, according to an Air Force research center report released in late MarchCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Metaverse could force military service members to have at least a basic understanding of coding, which one expert says would be as vital as hand-to-hand combat training.
The Metaverse could force military service members to have at least a basic understanding of coding, which one expert says would be as vital as hand-to-hand combat training.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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