We asked leading technologists and legislators what the metaverse means to them. Here’s what they had to say.
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D)
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
“The Metaverse refers to the latest platform where we need to ensure protections are in place for children and teens from harms such as harassment and manipulative, unsafe content.”
“The metaverse will be the rebirth of the internet and digital communication, commerce, and collaboration as we know it. Will it replace the status quo? Not in the blink of an eye, but gradually over time. The way we communicate and experience marketing has continued to change drastically since the invention of the internet and email. And the future will certainly be more engaging, immersive, and noisy. It’s an exciting and pivotal moment in time.”
“Metaverse demands on bandwidth will clearly be substantial and exponential versus today’s demands. The tremendous changes to subscriber usage behavior we’ve seen over these past two years will likely pale in comparison to the applications promised by the metaverse. Meeting bandwidth and latency requirements for these fully immersive experiences will be major challenges for network providers. While competing on network health has always been important for network providers, the metaverse will raise the bar and will separate the proactive from the reactive!”