The nemesis of the Metaverse Musk?

The nemesis of the Metaverse Musk?

“Two Horses” Clash

The media reporters are “bad”. When they interview a celebrity, they always like to ask him/her what he/she thinks of another celebrity, so that they have articles to do, even if they have guessed the answer in their hearts.

Musk was recently asked by reporters, what do you think of Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse?

Iron Man said frankly that wearing a virtual reality helmet (the equipment needed to enter the Metaverse) on the face makes people uncomfortable. I haven’t seen anyone strapping this screen to the face all day long. He also used the ancient wisdom as proof: Just like when our parents told us when we were young, don’t sit too close when watching TV, it will ruin your eyesight.

The nemesis of the Metaverse Musk?

In 2014, Facebook acquired Oculus, a manufacturer of VR headsets

For the prospect of the Metaverse, Musk also expressed his disapproval: I don’t think people will want to leave the real world forever, and this kind of thing will not happen.

“It’s not too late for a gentleman to take revenge.” Musk’s words were a counterattack against Zuckerberg. In March of this year, the media interviewed Xiaozha and asked him to evaluate the brain-computer interface technology of Neuralink, a Musk company. Xiaozha also didn’t save Lao Ma: I don’t think people would be willing to drill their heads away in order to use VR/AR.

Now, Musk responded with a similar reason, even the sentence patterns are similar.

Musk, who has always been known as a pioneer and exceptional, is not at all interested in the concept of Metaverse, which is really a bit confusing. Of course you can say that he has a sharp eye. He saw through this morning that it was a bubble, a “marketing concept,” and he didn’t bother to work with it. But it is also him, why is he so enthusiastic about digital currency, carrying the banner of the currency circle, and still happy to be the NFT platform circulating in the virtual space? What’s more, last year Musk’s own brain-computer interface experiment also caused great controversy.

In the eyes of the people who eat melons, these things are not much more decent than the Metaverse.

In order to draw a clear line from the Metaverse, Musk is even willing to call himself a technical conservative. He claimed in the interview, “I’m very old. I like people who dismissed the Internet in the 90s. They don’t care about fashion or things that will never have any practical meaning. We prefer to call and write. To communicate and communicate with others.” Musk may be really old, suffering from intermittent amnesia, and suddenly forgetting that he is a heavy Twitter user.

Excluding the factor that the “two horses” have always been discordant, and thinking carefully about why Musk is so disgusted with the metaverse, you may find something interesting.

We put a bold assumption in front: Zuckerberg’s Metaverse vision may shake the foundation of Musk’s ideal world.

Why do you say that?

Since Facebook changed its name to meta at the end of October, Zuckerberg has become the object of ridicule by people all over the world, “as long as meta doesn’t have a face.” In fact, putting aside this vague concept, before and after the name change, Zuckerberg’s ultimate goal of the company and the underlying logic have never changed: just like the straightforward movie “Social Network”, it has always been social. Zuckerberg hopes from beginning to end that people will get a more efficient and enjoyable social experience on the platform he created.

It’s just that now, he puts the coat of “Metaverse” on the company, but the core is consistent. In the interview in the first half of this year, Zuckerberg made it very clear. We extract several of his core views:

For me, I do AR/VR because I hope that one day people will be able to move around.

In the future, people’s conversations should not be conducted on the phone or on Zoom (an online meeting platform), but should be to send you to my sofa (through AR devices) or send me to you and sit face-to-face.

People can upload themselves to a common virtual space through VR devices. People in different places can meet and have meetings, reduce the use of airplanes and cars, greatly save transportation costs, and avoid being dragged down by many commutes and trivial chores.

Remote work is a continuing trend, and I think this is a very big economic and social problem. Many people now feel that they need to move to a city to get good economic opportunities and jobs. Many cities do not do a good job in management and the cost of living is out of control. In the future, if you have this motivation, you can live wherever you want to live, and basically move to any other place to work in an instant. I think this will be of far-reaching significance.

The nemesis of the Metaverse Musk?

The movie “Ready Player One” created a virtual reality world called “Oasis”

Summing up Zuckerberg’s key words about the future vision: mobility, transportation, urban management… Isn’t this also a key word belonging to Musk?

Musk’s general map

Looking at Musk’s business map, it is not difficult to find that many things that the Silicon Valley Iron Man cannot tolerate are related to inefficient and unreasonable travel.

The two companies that people are most familiar with: Tesla, used for short-distance daily travel, environmentally friendly label blessing, which is the most compatible with SolarCity acquired by Musk in 2016; SpaceX, ordered to go out into space, is a means of transportation for people to immigrate to Mars in the future, serving “Ultra long distance” travel.

Between the extremes of short-distance and ultra-long-distance transportation, there are two intermediate options.

In 2013, Musk announced a “Hyperloop” project, which is a pipeline transportation method that uses vacuum, low pressure, magnetic levitation and other technologies to complete inter-city transportation, which is faster than ordinary high-speed rail. Faster and lower cost.

A traffic jam experience in 2016 inspired Musk to establish a “tunnel company.” He named the company “The Boring Company” (people jokingly called the Boring Company), trying to weave an urban underground transportation network independent of the subway, allowing private cars to drive through it to treat congestion in big cities.

Between heaven and escape, Musk chose the latter. There are also some companies developing flying cars, but Musk believes that people will not like the threat of buzzing overhead, and it is safer to underground.

From Tesla to rockets, from short distances to intercity and then to outer space, the above four companies carry Musk’s ambitions in the transportation industry. They are all-encompassing. Describe him in one sentence: a man who provides a one-stop travel plan. Although some have not yet been realized, some are not the first, but because he is Musk, there are many loyal believers.

However, the emergence of Zuckerberg’s Metaverse may shake the foundation of Musk’s career, at least not as important as he thought. Those who are optimistic about Metaverse predict that in the future “non-essential travel” will decrease or disappear. Among the basic human needs of “clothing, food, shelter, transportation”, the only thing that can be replaced by the virtual world is “movement”.

For example, Musk’s boring company was inspired by traffic jams to use urban space at multiple levels. This idea is really good, but Zuckerberg directly put forward a solution from the root: With the Metaverse, people can be in a virtual office. Realize remote office, save commuting.

The cars are no longer in use, do you think there are still traffic jams? In the virtual world, people only need to enter the destination coordinates to complete instant movement. Activities in the Metaverse are more energy-saving and environmentally friendly than any means of transportation. It can also solve the problem of traffic congestion in the real world and reduce traffic accidents. why not?

At that time, Musk did not have to worry about people’s complaints about the lack of charging piles and the “electric father” in the winter. New energy vehicles will no longer be the focus of attention. Yes, your Tesla is cool. Is my teleportation cooler?

For another example, the starting point of Musk’s “Hyperloop” is to help people realize their dreams of living in one state and working in another state—for example, it only takes one hour to reach Shanghai from Beijing—and to facilitate business travel needs.

Xiaozha dismantled his platform again: With Metaverse, you can live anywhere in the world, and at the same time choose to work anywhere, completely breaking through the space constraints. Let the world truly become a global village.

Musk also has his own brain-computer interface company Neuralink, but it has nothing to do with Metaverse, but out of fear of the development of artificial intelligence. Musk is worried that AI will surpass humans sooner or later, so human brains must be stronger. The brain-computer interface is the key to human-computer integration and brain enhancement, just like implanting a powerful chip in the human brain. In the future, humans will be able to coexist with AI and will not be destroyed by AI. Neuralink’s second largest application scenario is clinical medicine. Musk doesn’t care about the virtual world, he wants to defeat the virtual world.

But with the Metaverse, who cares about the real universe? This is probably what worries Musk the most.

From the perspective of problem solving, Musk and Zuckerberg followed two sets of logic.

Musk University majored in physics. He respected the first principles of physics, based on reality, thinking about problems in essence, and the way to break through the constraints of the external environment is still physical, just like the path followed by traditional inventors—seeing Birds can fly, so they hope to add a pair of wings to humans, so they have airplanes.

Zuckerberg did not play the cards according to common sense. The method they adopted was like a science fiction novelist: through the virtual world, simply build a new continent and impose a new set of rules.

Outer space or Metaverse, which one do you choose?

If the Metaverse ambitions of the giants have anything to do with our “hitting workers,” then solving the problems of remote office and commuting can be regarded as a great boon, and it is worth looking forward to. Thinking deeper, perhaps a new kind of employment relationship will be formed, changing the form of social organization and the mode of production.

Zuckerberg’s vision was affirmed by his Harvard senior, Bill Gates. Gates is most optimistic that Metaverse’s application scenarios also serve “workers.”

This month, Gates mentioned in a year-end letter that the new crown pandemic has completely changed the workplace. These changes will only intensify in the next few years. Telecommuting will draw more people into the Metaverse. “Image” in the 3D space. People participate in meetings in virtual spaces and interact with their colleagues’ virtual avatars to create a feeling of being in a real room. Gates also announced that it has reached a cooperation with meta company. Both parties will apply this technology to the collaborative office app developed by their company.

At the end of October, just the day before Xiaozha announced the Facebook name change, Gates spent his 66th birthday in a resort on the Turkish coast. In order to welcome the distinguished guests, he dispatched private jets and yachts to receive the guests to the venue, and it took a lot of trouble.

If Metaverse can really develop to the stage described in the PPT of major companies in the future, Gates might as well hold one of his birthday parties in Metaverse. Celebrities from all over the world went to the banquet as digital clones. They wore the digital costumes of major brands—in fact, many luxury brands have already launched virtual world outfits to seize the pit—in the virtual space for Gates. Cup. Just like the Oscars of science and technology, give us a sample first.

If realized, this event will become the best advertisement for Metaverse.

The nemesis of the Metaverse Musk?

Columbia University built a campus in “My University” (a sandbox game) and held a graduation ceremony

Stop here. The above assumptions about the Metaverse are still stuck on the blueprint.

The foundation of the digital world is computing power. The larger the space and the more content, the higher the computing power required. To build a digital world with a highly simulated environment and capable of accommodating tens of thousands of people at the same time, it requires extremely high computing power to handle computing needs such as massive data and image rendering. This poses huge challenges to chip design and manufacturing, server systems, communication systems, and data center construction. Until these infrastructures are complete, it is difficult for the Metaverse to become a climate.

Today’s Zuckerberg is like Musk who was mocked by the world at the time; today’s Musk has become famous, standing on the opposite side of himself in the past, and opposing a technology that seems more vague and may pose a threat to himself.

So, Zuckerberg’s Metaverse or Musk’s Martian immigration, which is more unimaginable, and which will become a reality sooner? They have to race against time, but also against people’s patience. Musk still has several shields to take turns to defend himself, but he claims that All in Metaverse Xiaozha, if three or five years still fails to come up with a revolutionary product, I am afraid that shareholders will not agree, and young users will also abandon him. Away.

For us ordinary people, it is okay to have good expectations. The performances of the giants are wonderful, but we still have to cover our wallets.

Reference materials:

[1] “Zuckerberg 45-minute in-depth interview: revealing the next decade of VR and brain-computer interface ambitions” Translation: Smart things

[2] “Musk claims to be old, can’t like “Metaverse”, brain-computer interface has nothing to do with it” Translation: Smart things

[3] “Metaverse” CITIC Publishing House

[4] “Metaverse Starts the Meeting Again” Source: Tiger Sniff

[5] “Bill Gates: In the next two to three years, most virtual conferences will turn to Metaverse” Source: Cailian Press

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