Let’s Go to the Metaverse. Don’t Forget Your Goggles
LG: Mike, what’s your favorite part of the metaverse?
MC: This is the part where you log off and exit.
LG: I wish I didn’t agree, but no. I agree, wholeheartedly. Well, for the sake of this podcast though, can we get to the metaverse a bit?
MC: Sige. I put on my Oculus glasses and I’m off.
LG: Sige. Activated.
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LG: Hey, everyone. Welcome to the metaverse. I mean, welcome to Gadget Lab. I am Lauren Goode. I am a senior writer at WIRED.
MC: And I’m Michael Calore. I am a senior editor at WIRED.
LG: Also with us in the metaverse is WIRED senior writer, Arielle Pardes, who joined us, where is Arielle?
Arielle Pardes: Does it matter in 2021 where we are, when we are all in the metaverse?
LG: No, you can go anywhere now. You may be in the woods. You may be in Oakland. You may be in Nazareth.
AP: Let’s say I’m on the inside of Mark Zuckerberg’s mind.
LG: Well, let’s talk about Facebook again. If you haven’t refreshed your newsfeed this week, there’s a lot of news from Facebook. They held their annual software developers conference held almost on Thursday. We saw a bunch of new things that should enable developers to create things for this idea in the metaverse. We’ve heard a little more about Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of what the metaverse will look like. And we’ve heard about the Facebook name change. I don’t know if we’re going to call it Facebook right now. Arielle, what do we call Facebook? Tell us about it.
AP: The company formerly known as Facebook is now called Meta like metaverse, like a metastasizing cancer, as tweeted by the AOC today. This is said to be a sign that the company is no longer just a social media company. Not just the news feed. It’s not just Instagram. In fact it is a company. And that’s all about the metaverse.
LG: Just back up a bit, because earlier this week, Facebook reported its third quarter earnings and it talked about how it could break some of the top lines for another one of its division, right? So with all these different products and divisions on Facebook, tell us how that works and how it can be broken down now.
AP: Facebook as you know it today, which is sometimes called the Facebook family of apps, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, things like that, will now break into this division called this family of apps. On the other hand, it has a new thing called Facebook reality labs, which is the new home for all of its products facing the metaverse and whatever the future looks like in the future. compute.