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Nvidia’s new Voyager campus is functioning as a test bed for what the Metaverse will look like when it collides with the actual world.
One of technology’s most prominent men believes the metaverse — a concept for a network of interconnected, permanent virtual worlds with self-contained economies — is just around the horizon.
One of the most interesting use cases for blockchain and NFTs, Snow Crash devotees have long hoped for a VR/AR world with a crypto-powered internal market. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, on the other hand, believes the technology to make it happen is right around the corner.
According to a transcript of a Q&A session he conducted with reporters, Huang claimed that he “believe(s) we’re right on the cusp of” the metaverse and talked glowingly of its possibilities, going so far as to imply that users will one day utilise metaverses to “simulate the future.”
“There will be AR versions, where the art that you have is a digital art. You own it using NFT. You’ll display that beautiful art, that’s one of a kind, and it’s completely digital. You’ll have our glasses on or your phone. You can see that it’s sitting right there, perfectly lit, and it belongs to you. We’ll see this overlay, a metaverse overlay if you will, into our physical world,” he said.
He mentioned that Nvidia is already testing these hypotheses in a virtual reality version of the company’s new headquarters building, codenamed “Voyager.” Nvidia, one of the world’s largest GPU manufacturers, used supercomputers to “simulate architecture” for Voyager, assisting with design and ecological efficiency. Eventually, the company will allow employees to attend work by wearing VR headsets from home and controlling robots to move around the physical office space, creating a joint VR/physical workplace hybrid.
“This building completely exists in VR. We designed it completely digitally. We’re going to build it out so that there will be a digital twin of this very physical building in VR. We’ll be able to simulate everything, train our robots in it. We can simulate how best to distribute the air conditioning to reduce the energy consumption […] We can simulate all of that in our digital twin, our building metaverse, before we deploy anything here in the physical world. We’ll be able to go in and out of it using VR and AR.”
Huang isn’t the first CEO to have recently spoken on NFTs and the Metaverse, but he’s clearly the most upbeat. In January, Fortnite founder Tim Sweeney stated that NFTs are the most “plausible” road to a working metaverse, but they are still a “speculative mess” for the time being.