Humans are natural escapists. For millenia we have created art, composed music, and written stories to immerse ourselves in. More often than not, these creations would invoke thoughts that that are foreign in nature to the one interpreting it.
Historically, we always indulge in the idea of being anywhere but where we are now. We are naturally inquisitive and always like to explore new things and new places. So it’s no wonder why stories, movies, and now video games are at the forefront of our many societies.
So, it would seem that escapism is naturally human. Therefore, something like virtual / augmented reality and the concept of the metaverse will be profoundly meaningful. It will be so impactful that the way we think and live will forever change again as it has with every technological revolution.
How do we manifest
There are many humans living their lives out as we speak, and the dreams they have are an order of magnitude higher. There is no conceivable way that central groups and authorities could even touch on the needs of everyone. So, what is the solution? To give power back to the people: the users.
People work hard but the key is to increase the value they gain from the same amount of work. Therefore, it is necessary to create tools that are more powerful while being easier to use. Where previously you needed to spend hours modeling just a few pieces of furniture for a virtual home, we need to make it so that in a few hours you can craft an entire town. Where it would take hours to make a house somewhat interactive in virtuality, a programmer should be able to bring life to an entire region of a world.
Decentralization is at the center of all Vircadia’s software pursuits. We summarize everything to ask the question: how can we spread the responsibility of virtuality across the highest number of individuals possible?
The number of creators for worlds and content in the metaverse needs to trend towards infinity instead of one. Instead of dozens of large studios, we should see tens of millions of individual creators serving billions of people pursuing lives in virtuality. This will secure the right of existence for every human being therein.
To achieve this, a foundational software project should fulfill these criteria:
- FLOSS – open-source licensing must be free without restrictive conditions.
- Decentralized – through federation and/or blockchain.
- Always-connected systems – but always optional.
- Scalable architecture – for worlds and the life within.