The creator of the World Wide Web believes in a future dominated by the metaverse and virtual reality
Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, believes that the metaverse and virtual reality have great potential. The British has revealed in an interview with Bloomberg that he hopes that the virtual worlds that so many companies are developing will be the way in which users interact with the system that he created in 1989.
“People ask about virtual reality and if the metaverse will be the whole future, and the answer is that it will be part of the future ,” said Berners-Lee. The well-known father of the World Wide Web has also suggested that virtual reality will be a new stage where we can interact with content in a different way than we would today. “I think you'll be able to sit between a movie and a VR world of that movie, for example. That's what I'm hoping for,” he says.
Tim Berners-Lee, in addition to being in favor of the metaverse, has also shown interest in NFTs and, in general, in blockchain technology. In fact, the founder of the World Wide Web put up for auction a non-fungible token of the original code of this system, which ended up being sold for 5.4 million dollars. Berners-Lee also founded and directs Inrupt, a startup that offers servers capable of storing user data, so that the owners of the same can control who accesses what information. The computer scientist, however, maintains his position in favor of technology companies also being able to control the data of the users who use their services.
The metaverse could be an environment similar to the World Wide Web
Image: Rubén Chicharro. Meta (Facebook) is not the only company developing a metaverse. Microsoft, Apple, or even Nvidia are also working to make a world where users can interact with each other virtually. The firm specializing in the manufacture of graphic components, in fact, hopes that the metaverse could be an environment similar to the WWW. That is, where users can easily change virtual worlds and, thus, not depend solely on one platform.
“We think there will be a lot of companies that build virtual worlds and environments in the metaverse, just as there have been a lot of companies that have done things on the World Wide Web. It's important that it be open and extensible, so you can teleport to different worlds, either from one company or another, in the same way that I go from one web page to another ,” said Richard Kerris, vice president of Omniverse in an interview with the LA Times.