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Social media goes sci-fi with Zuckerberg’s proposal for ‘Facebook Metaverse’

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he plans to transform the social media platform into a “Metaverse” in the next five years

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently said that he wants the social media giant to become an ‘online Metaverse’. It’s “an embodied internet where instead of just viewing content, you are in it,” he said.

The Facebook CEO told The Verge people shouldn’t live through “small, glowing rectangles.”

“That’s not really how people are made to interact,” he added. “That’s not how we process things.”

Cathy Hackl - CEO's Guide to the Metaverse (@CathyHackl) | Twitter

What is the Metaverse?

A metaverse is an digital world where you can game, work and communicate virtually, usually through a VR headset

“You feel present with other people as if you were in other places, having different experiences that you couldn’t necessarily do on a 2D app or webpage, like dancing, for example, or different types of fitness,” he said.

Zuckerberg says that Facebook is also working on the ‘Infinite Office’ – a feature that will allow users to design a workplace using VR.

“In the future, instead of just doing this over a phone call, you’ll be able to sit as a hologram on my couch, or I’ll be able to sit as a hologram on your couch, and it’ll actually feel like we’re in the same place, even if we’re in different states or hundreds of miles apart,” he said. “I think that is really powerful.”

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Facebook invests in Oculus, betting on the future of VR

Facebook has continued to invest in VR products, recently spending over $2 billion on Oculus. This comes two years after Oculus launched its invitation-only Facebook Horizon. Using the software, users can use a headset to chat in a virtual space with an avatar.

Although Zuckerberg admitted the current VR headsets are “a bit clunky”, he promised improvements are in the works.

He says Facebook’s Metaverse will be “accessible across… different computing platforms” including VR, AR, PC, mobile devices and games consoles.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Atari acquisition ends the longest running console war

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Atari, the iconic gaming company, has revealed its acquisition of the Intellivision brand.

‘Uniting Atari and Intellivision after 45 years ends the longest running console war in history,” said Mike Mika, Studio Head at Digital Eclipse, an Atari-owned game studio.

This move is seen as a strategic step by Atari to expand its portfolio and tap into the nostalgia-driven market.

Emily Leaney from TeamRetro joins to discuss. #featured

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The United States is accelerating efforts into space warfare

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Is space warfare the next frontier of military competition?

On this episode of Hot Shots – the US expand efforts into space warfare, big tech commit to AI fail safes, while AI moves the markets and a buried treasure of ‘Holy Grail’ proportions is unearthed.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Veronica Dudo discuss. #featured #trending

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Are silent vehicles putting pedestrians at risk?

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A recent study suggests that EVs and hybrids are more likely to be involved in pedestrian collisions compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

One possible explanation for this phenomenon is the quieter operation of electric vehicles at lower speeds, which can catch pedestrians off guard, particularly those who are visually impaired or distracted.

To counter this issue, all new EVs in Australia will be outfitted with AVAS – an audible alert to pedestrians to indicate a EV is headed in their direction.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss. #featured

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