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What is the metaverse? 2 media and information experts explain

The ConversationThe metaverse is a network of always-on virtual environments in which many people can interact with one another and digital objects while operating virtual representations — or avatars — of themselves. Think of a combination of immersive virtual reality, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and the web.

The metaverse is a concept from science fiction that many people in the technology industry envision as the successor to today’s internet. It’s only a vision at this point, but technology companies like Facebook are aiming to make it the setting for many online activities, including work, play, studying and shopping.

Metaverse is a portmanteau of meta, meaning transcendent, and verse, from universe. Sci-fi novelist Neal Stephenson coined the term in his 1992 novel “Snow Crash” to describe the virtual world in which the protagonist, Hiro Protagonist, socializes, shops and vanquishes real-world enemies through his avatar. The concept predates “Snow Crash” and was popularized as “cyberspace” in William Gibson’s groundbreaking 1984 novel “Neuromancer.”

There are three key aspects of the metaverse: presence, interoperability and standardization.

Presence is the feeling of actually being in a virtual space, with virtual others. Decades of research has shown that this sense of embodiment improves the quality of online interactions. This sense of presence is achieved through virtual reality technologies such as head-mounted displays.

Interoperability means being able to seamlessly travel between virtual spaces with the same virtual assets, such as avatars and digital items. ReadyPlayerMe allows people to create an avatar that they can use in hundreds of different virtual worlds, including in Zoom meetings through apps like Animaze. Meanwhile, blockchain technologies such as cryptocurrencies and nonfungible tokens facilitate the transfer of digital goods across virtual borders.

Standardization is what enables interoperability of platforms and services across the metaverse. As with all mass-media technologies — from the printing press to texting — common technological standards are essential for widespread adoption. International organizations such as the Open Metaverse Interoperability Group define these standards.

Why the metaverse matters

If the metaverse does become the successor to the internet, who builds it, and how, is extremely important to the future of the economy and society as a whole. Facebook is aiming to play a leading role in shaping the metaverse, in part by investing heavily in virtual reality. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in an interview his view that the metaverse spans non-immersive platforms like today’s social media as well as immersive 3D media technologies such as virtual reality, and that it will be for work as well as play.

The metaverse might one day resemble the flashy fictional Oasis of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” but until then you can turn to games like Fortnite and Roblox, virtual reality social media platforms like VRChat and AltspaceVR, and virtual work environments like Immersed for a taste of the immersive and connected metaverse experience. As these siloed spaces converge and become increasingly interoperable, watch for a truly singular metaverse to emerge.

This article was first posted on The Conversation.

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Rabindra Ratan is an associate professor of media and information at Michigan State University.


Yiming Lei is a doctoral student in media and information at Michigan State University.

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The Barn Find Hunter Finds a Home on REV TV!

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Burlington, ON (August 10, 2022) — REV TV, YOUR MOTORSPORTS & AUTOMOTIVE DESTINATION 24/7, is excited to join the hunt for buried automotive treasure with the addition of Barn Find Hunter to its programming lineup.

Barn Find Hunter, which is produced by Hagerty Media, follows host Tom Cotter—who literally wrote the book(s) on barn finds—as he searches through dusty barns, cluttered garages and rusty scrap yards for automotive gold.

“REV TV viewers are the type of folks to pass a barn on a backroad and wonder if a Hemi is gathering dust inside,” said Mike Garrow, CEO of REV TV. “Barn Find Hunter, therefore, is the perfect fit for our channel and a great extension and expansion of our relationship with our wonderful partner Hagerty.”

“There’s nothing like the Barn Find Hunter audience so it’s a thrill to welcome the REV TV audience,” said Barn Find Hunter host Tom Cotter. “I’ve been doing this most my life and I love how the show demonstrates to viewers that these great cars are still out there – you just need to look in the right place!”

Barn Find Hunter will make its debut on Saturday, August 13th at 10AM ET.

About Hagerty, Inc. (NYSE: HGTY)

Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Hagerty’s purpose is to save driving and car culture for future generations and its mission is to build a global business to fund that purpose. Hagerty is an automotive enthusiast brand offering integrated membership products and programs as well as a specialty insurance provider focused on the global automotive enthusiast market. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, Hagerty DriveShare, Hagerty Valuation Tools, Hagerty Media, Hagerty Drivers Club magazine, MotorsportReg, Hagerty Garage + Social, The Amelia, Detroit Concours d’Elegance, Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, California Mille, Motorlux, Hagerty Drivers Foundation and more.

For more information on Hagerty, please visit https://www.hagerty.com/, or connect with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. More information can be found at newsroom.hagerty.com.

 

About REV TV

YOUR MOTORSPORTS & AUTOMOTIVE DESTINATION is available to over 6 million households across Canada and features over 200 races from around the world and right here at home. From two-wheels to four and so much more. REV TV showcases all forms of high-octane racing, such as MotoGP, Monster Jam, AMA Supercross, World Rally Championship, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Indy Lights, World Endurance Championship, World RX Championship, IndyCar Classics, SPEED SPORT TV, along with news coverage such as The Inside Line (F1), Winged Nation (winged sprint cars) and Tuning 365 Performance Auto & Sound Magazine. We also have a slate of original programming with REV Culture with Todd Lewis that features interviews with motorsports luminaries, All North Racing which focuses on grassroots racing, a slew of how-to and behind-the-scenes programs, and so much more. REV TV is your MOTORSPORTS & AUTOMOTIVE DESTINATION 24/7.

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Singer Songwriter DIA Heats Up Summer With ‘LIMONATA”

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Toronto, ON – Canadian-Italian singer/ songwriter DIA, released her new single, “Limonata” on all music platforms.  The pop artist draws you in with a powerful and dynamic sound.  DIA’s voice is filled with nuances that embrace diverse cultures.  With a master’s degree in ethnomusicology and the ability to sing in 32 languages, the multi-talented artist has no boundaries and takes fans outside theirs.  “Limonata” produced by KC Bondar, is a fun and sexy single for the summer about loving and living life to the fullest.  With an upbeat Latin and Mediterranean vibe, “Limonata” will have you up dancing all summer long.
DIA has headlined festivals throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Central and South America, that included a performance at the closing ceremonies of the Parapan Am games – an honor for the artist.   A voice of multiculturalism and a product of her Canadian environment makes DIA’s connection with audiences undeniable.  The singer draws you into her music with enthusiastic performances and the belief that music has no barriers.  “Limonata” is that song….   Listen. Repeat. Listen. Repeat
“Each culture I experience, leaves a thumbprint on my voice… and with this song, I’ve got Italy on my mind”
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Timmins news: Teen charged with social media threats | CTV News – CTV News Northern Ontario

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Timmins police have been busy with young offenders this week with the latest involving a teen boy getting charged for threatening another teen using social media.

A 15-year-old male is accused of threatening a 14-year-old female online and attempting to “entice and enlist others to cause bodily harm” to her, police said in a news release Thursday morning.

Officers responded to a complaint Wednesday evening and were able to identify, locate and arrest the boy at his home the same night.

He has been charged with two counts each of uttering threats and failing to comply with a release order and one count of conspiracy to commit an offence.

The accused was held in custody overnight and is scheduled to appear at a bail hearing Thursday.

This comes after two other violent incidents involving young suspects in the last week.

“It’s a definite worrisome trend,” Marc Depatie, a Timmins police spokesperson, told CTV News in an email.

Five teens, ranging from 12 to 15 years of age, were charged after a 14-year-old female was allegedly swarmed, beaten and robbed on Aug. 5.

A 12-year-old female has been charged with assaulting another girl her age Tuesday evening at a Park Avenue schoolyard.

Both victims were injured in the attacks.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.

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