Although the definitions of the metaverse are still being discussed, most focus on the idea that the metaverse is a three-dimensional virtual world where people can interact. In other words, the metaverse is what you get when you combine social media with virtual reality.
But here’s another way to think about what the metaverse means: It’s what happens when you combine cloud computing architectures and humans. En d’autres termes, ce que le métaverse propose de faire, c’est d’instrumenter l’humain at tant que service as déployant l’humain and tant que service virtualisé, tout comme le cloud l’a fait pour les serveurs et software.
Here’s what that means and why it’s important to look at the Metaverse from that perspective.
From IaaS to HaaS
First, let me explain what I mean by terms like humans as a service, or HaaS, and how they relate to cloud computing.
The concept at the heart of the cloud, of course, is that resources can be delivered “as a service” over the Internet. Instead of setting up your own servers in your own data center, you can use cloud-based servers, which is an example of infrastructure as a service, or IaaS. Instead of installing and managing your own apps, you can use Software as a Service or SaaS.
In a way, the metaverse does exactly the same thing for people: it makes them available as a fully hosted and managed service that anyone can consume online.
Specifically, consider how the metaverse is similar to cloud computing in these respects:
- Everything happens on demand: In the metaverse, representations of humans can be “launched” on demand, just as if you were spinning a virtual machine instance in the cloud.
- All metrics: In the metaverse, you can scale your human relationships and interactions as you see fit, just as you can expand your cloud infrastructure. If you want to interact with a single virtual human, you can. If you want 100 or 1000 human axes, you can have that too.
- Low Commitment: In the metaverse, you can interact with other humans whenever and wherever you want, without any obligation once you end the commitment, just as you can simply shut down cloud resources when you’re done using them and you’re gone. There is nothing to clean up and no legacy to deal with afterwards.
- You pay as you go: It is too early to say how metaverse communities might charge participants because very few metavers are currently in operation. However, it’s a safe bet, if they impose, that these communities will allow users to pay while they are in a virtual world, just like cloud providers that charge based on consumption. It’s hard to imagine the initial costs of metaverses.
The list could go on, but I hope the point is clear: faltering promises to transform humans and human relationships into abstract, scalable resources that can be consumed on demand without constraints.
Is the metaverse good or bad?
Viewing the metaverse as an application of cloud computing architectures to human relationships is useful because it offers a new perspective on the positive and negative possibilities of metaverses.
On the plus side, “candifying” humans promises to make it easier to interact with others. Just as cloud computing has made world-class infrastructure accessible to companies that would otherwise not have access, the human metaverse as a service would extend access to human communities to people who would otherwise not interact with them because of their geographic location. Political, cultural or other barriers.
On the other hand, expect people to criticize the downward trend of underestimating human relationships, such as imposing restrictions on how humans interact and how humans can represent themselves in virtual worlds. Such criticism would remind us of complaints about cloud computing Limits organizations oversight over their IT infrastructure – that you generally do not have access to metallic hardware, for example, or control how SaaS applications handle your data.
These concerns about the metaverse may eventually lead to some early adopters of virtual communities withdrawing from virtual communities and returning to the “real world”. If it does, it will be like a file Coming home via the cloud The trend, which involves companies migrating workloads from the cloud to on-premises.
Conclusion: The Ultimate Convergence of the Cloud and People
Comparing the metaverse and cloud computing is not a simple analogy. In many cases, the actual cloud infrastructure will be responsible for hosting the metaverse communities, so there is already a clear technical connection between the metaverse and the cloud.
I think, however, that it is also useful to learn about the clear conceptual and cultural connections between cloud computing and metavertical. Ultimately, the metaverse is supposed to do for humans what the cloud did for servers and software: make us available as a scalable, on-demand service.
If you thought the cloud computing revolution was over – that IaaS and SaaS were as far as cloud computing would evolve – wait. The emerging metaverse signals a whole new chapter unfolding in the cloud industry, not focused on servers or code. It is upon us.