Humans are natural escapists. For millennia we have created art, composed music, and written stories to immerse ourselves with. More often than not, these creations would invoke thoughts that are foreign in nature to the one interpreting it.
We have always indulged 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.
It would seem that escapism is naturally human. Therefore, something like virtual and 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 in the physical reality as we speak, and the dreams they have are an order of magnitude greater than the lives we all currently live.
There is no conceivable way that central groups and authorities could even touch on fulfilling the needs of everyone. So, what is the solution? To give power back to the people: the individual users.
People work hard to create worlds and build within them. However, this is not enough on its own. The key is to increase the value that is created from the same amount of work as the technology evolves.
Therefore, it is necessary to create tools that are more powerful while also being easier to use. In the time that it takes to model furniture, one should be able to model a village. In the time it takes to program a car, one should be able to program a city.
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 largest 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.