Meta introduced Horizon Worlds in France and Spain this week, which generated a lot of buzz. Ironically, instead of discussing Meta’s new platform, people were more interested in CEO Mark Zuckerberg fictitious “$10 billion metaverse selfie” that he posted on Facebook. The image also has a close-up of Zuckerberg’s glassy-eyed avatar against a fake-looking green background that looks to be grass and trees, in addition to a filtered image of the Eiffel Tower. The selfie drew criticism, and Zuckerberg was viciously mocked online. The selfie started a social media meme mania.
Just look at how far we’ve come in 24 years. Mind blowing to behold. This is truly the future. pic.twitter.com/8BjSRZb4eD
— Josh Johnson (@secondfret) August 17, 2022
Following a $10 billion investment in the project last year, many argue that Zuckerberg’s image symbolised Meta’s inability to create a futuristic metaverse. Some users on Twitter pointed out that similar-looking video games have been produced for years, notably the 2003 release of the multiplayer virtual world game Second Life.
— Ben Wolf (@chainsawmcd) August 17, 2022
In it, Zuckerberg expressed his excitement for how the metaverse will be explored and developed by users. Zuckerberg has received criticism in the past for his metaverse demonstrations. Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson and the CEO of Meta spoke about the fresh pictures of stars and galaxies that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope took last month.
Second Life 2007. Metaverse 2022. pic.twitter.com/2JByEzk5eL
— Andres Guadamuz (@technollama) August 17, 2022
After the conversation, the researcher intended to fist bump, but his two-handed limp fist bump showed the limits of the apparatus. The criticism of Zuckerberg’s image encapsulates the essence of the metaverse and its infrastructure facilities. Although large institutions like Citi, Morgan Stanley, and JPMorgan Chase believe that the metaverse might one day be a market worth trillions of dollars, very few individuals are familiar with what the term “metaverse” actually implies, and even fewer regularly utilise any metaverse platforms.
That hasn’t stopped a number of businesses from developing their own virtual worlds, some of which use cryptocurrencies and the blockchain. Some of the most well-known metaverse platforms include Decentraland, The Sandbox, and Meta’s Horizon Worlds.