Metaverse unleashed! What’s the latest?

metaverse news

Bob Coiney

January 28, 2022

The metaverse is arguably the biggest trend in the blockchain world. Several organizations have signed up or indicated an interest in joining the digital revolution. Here’s a series of recent updates from the metaverse community.

Sandbox and Warner Music Group

The Sandbox and Warner Music Group have announced a collaboration to offer high-quality music to the metaverse. The Sandbox is paving the way for broader adoption of the metaverse. The platform, which is owned by Animoca Brands, has announced a new agreement with Warner Music Group, a global music label. This is the first collaboration of its type, as it introduces WMG’s musical talents to the metaverse.

Sandbox said in a statement that the collaboration would result in the first music-themed concert in its game universe. The Warner Music Group’s LAND will serve as a platform for regular musical performances by its roster of gifted singers. Although Warner Music Group has dominated the music industry for decades, this would be the company’s first foray into the NFT metaverse.

Both parties will benefit from the collaboration. Each WMG celebrity who appears in The Sandbox will benefit from the platform’s visibility. It means that this collaboration will provide more opportunities for all WMG talent involved.

Almost every endeavor now has a home in the metaverse. The music industry, on the other hand, has yet to be completely represented. With this alliance, though, all of that is about to alter. The Sandbox also stated that it would collaborate closely with WMG to help coordinate its digital property in order to deliver high-quality musical experiences for the metaverse. 

Meta unveils AI supercomputer

Meta, Facebook’s parent corporation, announced that its freshly built artificial intelligence (AI) “Research SuperCluster” (RSC) will open the path for a greater metaverse adoption According to a Monday post announcing the hardware, Facebook estimates RSC is already one of the world’s fastest supercomputers and will take the top rank when it is up and running in mid-2022.

“The experiences we’re building for the metaverse require enormous compute power (quintillions of operations/second!) and RSC will enable new AI models that can learn from trillions of examples, understand hundreds of languages, and more,”CEO Mark Zuckerberg remarked in a post.

According to Meta, “Developing the next generation of advanced AI will require powerful new computers capable of quintillions of operations per second.” However, Meta did not reveal the location of the computer or the costs of its research and manufacture. It also noted the machine would have advanced features and will be able to process several natural languages and recognize speeches. 

Apple invests in the metaverse

Another big metaverse news came from Apple, a global gadget company.  During a recent call, Apple’s Tim Cook was quizzed on his thoughts on the metaverse and he said, “we see a lot of potential in this space and are investing accordingly.” Shortly after the call, Apple’s stock significantly jumped.

Unlike Meta, which has gravitated towards the use of the Oculus Rift to engage people in the Metaverse, Apple is betting big on augmented reality. Apple had planned to introduce a headset in 2022,  but such plans could reportedly be postponed due to hardware and software issues.