Metaverse, the impossible to explain

As I presented on my tech talk and my booth at the Global Tech Expo event yesterday, some of the questions were no longer the “why a bank is doing this?“, rather started to ask the real questions. One is, the “What the Metaverse is?”. Instead of trying to come up with a definition, let me try to come up with an explanation of what can and cannot be explained today.

The term “metaverse” has gained significant attention and popularity in recent years. It represents a virtual, interconnected, and immersive digital space where people can interact, socialize, work, and play. However, explaining the metaverse in just a few words is a challenging task. In this article, we will explore what can and cannot be conveyed succinctly about the metaverse.

What Can Be Explained

  • Digital Reality: The metaverse is a digital, virtual reality where users can engage in various activities, including socializing, gaming, attending events, and working.
  • Interconnected Worlds: It’s a network of interconnected digital spaces, worlds, and environments, providing seamless transitions between them.
  • User Interaction: Users can interact with each other and the virtual environment through avatars, text, voice, and even haptic feedback.
  • Endless Possibilities: The metaverse offers diverse opportunities, from exploring fantasy realms to conducting business meetings or attending virtual concerts.
  • Immersive Technologies: Advanced technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) contribute to creating a lifelike experience within the metaverse.

What Cannot Be Explained

  • Full Depth and Scale: The true depth and scale of the metaverse are vast and multifaceted, making it challenging to capture in a few words.
  • Evolution and Development: The metaverse is continually evolving, with new technologies, platforms, and concepts emerging, which cannot be entirely summarized briefly.
  • Complexity: Explaining the intricate systems, infrastructure, and interactions within the metaverse in a few words is insufficient to do it justice.
  • Cultural and Social Implications: The impact of the metaverse on society, culture, privacy, and ethics is a vast and ongoing discussion that cannot be covered briefly.
  • Varied Interpretations: Different people and experts may have varying interpretations and visions of the metaverse, adding to its complexity.


In summary, the metaverse is a complex and evolving digital universe where users can explore, interact, and create. While its basic concepts can be explained in a few words, understanding the full scope and potential of the metaverse requires delving deeper into its intricacies. The metaverse is an exciting and transformative concept that will continue to shape the future of human interaction and digital experiences.

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