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One key concept underpinning the metaverse is that of digital twins – a digital mirror image of a physical object. Digital twins enable us to move physical objects in a digital space. There are use cases not just for gaming (again, think Pokémon Go) but also for fashion, retail, media, entertainment, transportation and more. Creating realistic digital twins is an emerging digital art form that some companies are capitalizing on, building collections of digital images to support innovation. At SO REAL Digital Twins, her previous company, Vero contributed to the largest developed collection in the world, using an innovative process based on x-ray technology.
Humans at the core of technology trends for 2021
Wearables such as MR glasses or wrist-worn devices for detecting physiological data such as heart rate will become intrinsic to our day to day as human beings, Vero believes. Moreover, a person’s data will become currency, and its use will likely be regulated. People will be empowered to sell or exchange their own data for their own benefit. Wearables will, over time, supplant the use of mobile phones.
The single-platform concept Vero referred to earlier will also advance significantly in 2021. We’re already seeing it in gaming, with players moving away from gaming consoles toward the Internet – and eventually the metaverse.
Vero also sees technology having an outsized impact on education in the short term. “The education and technology spaces will become more symbiotic than they have been,” she says. On one hand, technology democratizes access to education, while on the other, education makes us more savvy tech users. She refers to deepfakes, which are designed to disseminate false information, as an example. Besides the benefits of technology, educating people about its pitfalls is also important.
“There are definite plans afoot to make education accessible in a number of new, simulated ways,” she says. “And that will give birth to a level of inclusivity we’ve never seen before. It’s great for the next generation of learners.”
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