Since the end of last year, the concept of the metaverse has continued to be hot. First, economically developed cities such as Seoul, South Korea, participated and released plans to build a metaverse city. Subsequently, Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and other cities in China also actively expressed their need to deploy and develop Metaverse technology and related industries.

On January 8, 2022, the Shanghai Municipal Economic Informatization Work Party Committee and the Municipal Economic Informatization Committee held a meeting to plan the industry and informatization work in 2022 . The meeting emphasized again that it is necessary to lay out a new track in the Metaverse, develop application scenarios, and cultivate key enterprises.

Shanghai, as a city that has made great efforts to deploy Metaverse-related industries in China, has repeatedly proposed to pay attention to and cultivate the development of Metaverse-related technologies and industries . December 21, 2021, the Shanghai Municipal Economic Work Conference, “to guide enterprises to step up research an important platform for future virtual world and the real world interact, timely layout cut.” It was known as the “Local Government yuan universe of related industries The first positive statement of development”.

On December 30 last year, the “14th Five-Year Plan for the Development of Shanghai’s Electronic Information Industry” was released. As a cutting-edge emerging field, Metaverse was listed as the development focus of the electronic information industry in Shanghai. This is also the first time that Metaverse has been written into the local Fourteenth Five-Year” industrial plan. The plan proposes to strengthen the forward-looking research and development of the underlying core technology and basic capabilities of the Metaverse, promote the development of new terminals that deepen perception and interaction, and the construction of systematic virtual content, and explore industry applications.

In the special plan for the electronic information manufacturing industry introduced at the same time, it is even more focused on the Metaverse, and it is clearly stated that it supports the research of image engines, blockchain and other technologies that meet the requirements of the Metaverse; encourages the Metaverse in public services, business offices, applications in social entertainment and other fields.

Jiang Zhaosheng, a senior researcher at the Ouke Cloud Chain Research Institute, told the “Securities Daily” reporter that in recent years, the global digitalization process has accelerated significantly, and the metaverse-related industries are closely related to the long-term development of the digital economy, and there is huge imagination. Shanghai’s active deployment of the Metaverse shows its attention to the global frontier science and technology fields and its forward-looking layout of the digital economy.

In 2022, Beijing also issued the voice of “laying out the metaverse”. According to media reports, at the press conference on “Promoting the Development of the Capital in the New Era” held at the Fifth Session of the 15th Beijing Municipal People’s Congress on January 7, Wang Lei, member of the party group and deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology, said that Beijing will promote the development of the capital in the new era. Form a new type of Metaverse innovation consortium, and explore the construction of a Metaverse industrial cluster.

At the just-concluded Fifth Session of the 13th Beijing Political Consultative Conference, the term “Metaverse” was frequently mentioned by members. Sun Taoran, member of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and chairman of Lakala Payment Co., Ltd., suggested that the top-level design should be accelerated, and the blueprint and implementation plan for Beijing to support, encourage and guide the development of the Metaverse were proposed; it was suggested to build the Shougang Park into the first Metaverse development in Beijing Pilot industrial park. Li Jun, member of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and general manager of Leyard Optoelectronics Co., Ltd., said that the Metaverse is a multidisciplinary integration. It is suggested that the government should lead the establishment of a special class, and organize relevant scientific research institutes and industrial units to jointly form the Metaverse Development Alliance.

In addition, Jiangsu, Hangzhou, Zhangjiakou and other provinces and cities have also actively embraced the Metaverse by holding symposiums on the development of the Metaverse industry and establishing a Metaverse research center.

Industry insiders generally believe that the layout of Metaverse-related industries in various places is of great significance to comprehensively promoting the digital transformation of cities and developing the digital economy. The development of the metaverse is not about moving away from the real to the virtual, but oriented towards empowering the real economy.

“The Metaverse may become the next new growth point of the digital economy.” Zheng Dingding, president of the Shenzhen Information Service Industry Blockchain Association, said in an interview with the “Securities Daily” reporter that major cities participated in the Metaverse track, and the Metaverse The gaps in the standard specification and regulatory system are expected to be supplemented, accelerating the construction of Metaverse application scenarios, and driving the development of related industries such as VR, AR, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.

Dr. Li Wei, CEO of FunChain Technology, also told reporters that the current layout of the Metaverse in various places highly demonstrates the infinite possibilities of the development of the Metaverse. The attention of relevant departments, effective supervision and positive guidance from the early stage of development, will help to sublimate the value of the Metaverse.

Talking about the future application of the Metaverse, Li Wei believes that the Metaverse will first show its landing effect in the field of digital collections. Digital collections based on blockchain technology enable creators’ creative value to be protected and authenticated, and Metaverse provides a good platform for their display and circulation.

Zheng Ding believes that Metaverse, as the development direction of the next generation of the Internet, will take the lead in changing the way people work in the office field, redefining productivity, and meeting people’s needs for wider collaborative work, just like social tools such as WeChat. However, at present, the Metaverse is still in its early embryonic stage, which can only provide simple social interaction in virtual scenes, and has not yet formed a large-scale industrial application.

Wang Peng, associate professor of Renmin University of China, told reporters that in the future, Metaverse will be applied in real economic scenarios such as education, medical care, and government services . development, forming a virtuous circle.

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