How is life (and design) in the metaverse

Travel to discover design in the meta-verse

One of the news is that Mark Zuckerberg wants make us all designers, even if we do not have the minimum manual skills and no graphic skills. In the latest event dedicated to the meta-verse, the founder of Facebook – who changed the name of his company to Meta as an act of respect for the vision he nurtured – revealed “Builder Bot”, a mechanism with sinister premises, driven by an artificial intelligence .

Mars House, Krista Kim

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A computer listens to our voice descriptions and transforms them into landscapes, beaches, houses, whatever passes through our minds and comes out of our mouths. Thus, the addition of details is within reach: it is enough to ask to set a more secluded table, every other object coincides with our interior design idea and the machine provides. Or rather, it will run since the system is still a prototype. A view, not an unattainable provocation: a bit like in the past, it seemed unlikely to dictate the shopping list or have the weather forecast recited by an assistant dozing on the cell phone or in the speaker in the living room, while today we do it every day.

Mars House, Krista Kim

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Anyone who wonders what the scenography of the next parallel world destined for sociality will be, therefore, finds a credible answer: in some way, he imagines it. But while waiting for the extreme personalization, the culmination of a trajectory that will take five to ten years to mature in a mature way, it must be pointed out that the meta-verse is already here. You can look, explore, experience it now. Not all of our avatar-shaped friends will be there yet, we can be there if we want to. Along with everyone who wants to follow us in this experience in an intangible other place.

You can rent its premises for private events», Writes from Toronto Krista Kim, the artist who was the first to demonstrate how little architecture is a very serious thing. And profitable: he built or rather drew Mars House, a small house with the foundation planted on the red planet. Then, about a year ago, he sold the correspondent FTT, his digital certificate of ownership (a bit like the notary letter on the Internet) for a record $ 500,000. More than a good standard apartment in a city center.

Mars House, Krista Kim

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Currently, as confirmed ad AD Italy at its demiurge, the house was made available for income that could partially return from the investment. To show that the metaverse is not just a luxury for the pranksters rich. It can be rented for lectures, round tables, meetings to which guests enter from the mobile phone, from the PC, with a virtual reality helmet on their nose. Coming soon with them for augmented reality. You can wander between its rooms overlooking red mountains, linger with your gaze on transparent tables and chairs, examine cubic, diamond-shaped, transparent decor elements, lost in chasing each other in a continuous game of mirrors.

In general, there are many opportunities available on the site Spatial.io, which presents itself and represents itself as the meta-verse for culture, exhibitions and experiences. There are parks, famous and non-famous museums, even fast food restaurants and indefinable places where the rigid rules of gravity, proportions, functionality are not valid.

Mars House, Krista Kim

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It is an overload of things, a representation and a transformation. You do not walk, you press the keys. It’s a heavy creative abundance that is felt: even with a computer with a high-profile configuration and a lot of free memory, navigational jerks, every now and then the browser crashes and you have to restart. Without fiber optics or a turbocharged network, it’s not even worth a try. We do not face a look for disappointed nerds thirsting for broadband: the destination that is a candidate to capture our attention, bind us to its liturgies, will have to solve an accessibility problem. And by consumption, one can say because the machines running at maximum drain energy.

The meta-verse is thus not a play, but participation. At the latest issue of White, during Milan Fashion Week, start-ups like The Fabricant and The Dematerialized (a name that says a whole program) talked about dresses made of ice and fire, fluttering and with a triumph of sleeves, that buy and carry for their avatars. The next dummies of our digital self.

Stefano Rosso of Otb, which brings together brands like Marni, Diesel, Jil Sander and heads a division set up specifically to bring to life projects related to the metaverse, said 3D stylists and designers will soon earn more than lawyers. A shoulder to the traditional craft in light of the progress of liturgies distorted by technology.

Mars House, Krista Kim

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In this turmoil, design is as involved as fashion. It is the very concept of real estate that is corrected, expanded and transferred. At Sandkassen, for example, land is bought using virtual coins: a few fragments of territory or large parts, already bought by brands to host shops where you can shop or events, appointments, concerts that you want to attend against payment. Just like in the real world. Because in addition to socializing, it will also be necessary to do more in the meta-verse, otherwise boredom will prevail. There do not seem to be too many boundaries and caesuras with the usual lifestyle: the finance giant JP Morgan has, so to speak, opened a bank on Decentraland, another fast-growing platform.

Meanwhile, Roblox and Minecraft, the new virtual meeting places for young people, are video games (but calling them that is an understatement) that have actually supplanted social networks, based on the concept of creating and building. To collaborate with strangers and users from around the world to dig and pick, build from scratch the spaces where you want to interact. We use keyboards, mice and fingers, not yet the voice that Mark Zuckerberg imagines, but the concept is the same, the result is a work in progress: If the next Second Life will not perish like the original, like the ancestor of the metaverse, it is because we can do nothing but like it. We want to design it.

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