Metaverse is the latest megatrend capturing wide attention. Metaverse refers to a kind of experience in which the outside world is perceived by the users (human or non-human) as being a universe that is built upon digital technologies as a different universe ("Virtual Reality"), a digital extension of our current universe ("Augmented Reality"), or a digital counterpart of our current universe ("Digital Twin"). Named after the universe, a metaverse shall be persistent and should be massive, comprehensive, immersive, and self-consistent. Described as "meta," a metaverse should be ultra-realistic, accessible, pervasive, and may be decentralized. In a narrow sense, metaverse may be simply defined as Persistent Virtual Reality (PVR). In a broad sense, metaverse is the advanced stage and long-term vision of Digital Transformation.
Today, metaverse is like a magic word that inspires infinite imaginations of countless people from various professions and backgrounds. There are different metaverses in the eyes of different people, but the biggest consensus on metaverse so far is that it will have a profound impact on our daily work, play, and life across all industries and sectors, reshaping the economy and society for all humankind.