Metaverse: a new form of digital community

In recent years, the concept has received increasing attention, but what is the Metaverse? The term refers to a shared online virtual space where people can interact in real time in a digital environment.

The metaverse is based on important principles, such as the immersion, interactivity and connectivity. The immersion refers to the feeling of being fully immersed in a digital environment, for example through technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The interactividad refers to the ability of users to interact with the environment and with other users in real time, enabling more realistic and exciting social and gaming experiences. The connectivity refers to the ability of users to connect with others around the world as a global community.

As the concept becomes increasingly popular, it is important to take into account some considerations that will guide its development. These are a set of values and objectives that will be used to create and maintain the virtual universe.

  1. Inclusion and accessibility: The Metaverse should be accessible to all people, regardless of their origin, gender, sexual orientation or ability, should have the opportunity to participate and contribute to the virtual universe. It must be accessible to all people, including those with disabilities, with measures to ensure that it is compatible with assistive technologies and easily accessible.
  2. Freedom and property: Metaverse users must have the freedom to express themselves and create without restrictions. There should be an environment of creative freedom and freedom of thought, with intellectual property rights over the objects and content they create within the virtual universe, and ensure fairness and equity.
  3. Authenticity: The Metaverse must be authentic and reflect the values and culture of the community that inhabits it. There must be a sense of identity and belonging to the community.
  4. Security and privacy: the Metaverse must be a safe place for its users. There must be measures in place to prevent harassment, bullying, cybercrime and other types of negative behavior. At the same time, people within the Metaverse must have control over their privacy and personal data.
  5. Interoperability: The Metaverse must be interoperable with other virtual worlds and technologies to foster communication and collaboration between different communities.

It is important that the community that inhabits the virtual universe has an active participation in the definition and implementation of these considerations to ensure that the Metaverse is a fair, safe and sustainable place for all people. It is recommended to investigate, experiment and be aware of the potential risks that this technology could bring.

It is expected to have applications in a variety of areas and have a significant impact on the way businesses operate, gaming, education and how people interact online. As an emerging technology the Metaverse is currently gaining ground and is expected to change the way we interact and create community within the digital world.