According to an Intel engineer, the advent of the metaverse will require a profound transformation of the Internet and the way we use it. To make the virtual world credible, it would take a computing power 1000 times more powerful than what we benefit from today.
The metaverse dreamed of by Mark Zuckerberg will not come anytime soon. This virtual world, where we can meet to discuss, walk, have meetings or play games, will ask “”, said a senior executive at Intel.
In a blog post, Raja Koduri, an innovation manager at Intel, allowed himself to express on December 16, 2021 some reservations about the virtual fantasies of Mark Zuckerberg and other defenders of the metaverse.
Internet is not ready for the metaverse
“”, Enumerates the person in charge, as if to show the difficulty of making interact, even if only two people, in a convincing metaverse.
“” Unrolls Raja Koduri, “he concludes.
According to Raja Koduri, the metaverse will demand “” from that offered by current computers. Latency, these micro-delays between the execution of an action by an Internet user and its taking into account by the server, must also be reduced significantly, quite simply so as not to lag in the metaverse. “”, Explains the manager.
A metaverse of the privileged
Today, only the richest corners of the world have sufficient infrastructure and economic means to immerse themselves in a virtual world. And yet, these worlds are closer to Second Life than the real metaverse promised by Mark Zuckerberg. It will indeed require much more advanced and much more accessible technologies to make this dream a reality. Replicating all our movements on a 3D avatar today requires expensive and complex performance capture tools. Doing it for millions, seeing billions of people simultaneously, is still a technophile’s sweet fantasy.
We must not forget either that replacing infrastructure, producing new gadgets and continuing the race for power has a significant ecological cost. Recall that, according to the Senate, “” Producing more VR headsets, connected gadgets and chips, in order to hope one day to plunge into the metaverse, is also to pollute more. The question here is not to stop innovation, but to ask whether the sacrifices requested are worth it.
Globally, 40% of the digital carbon footprint is due to the manufacture of terminals
At Intel’s level, the production of processors “” than those of today does not mean that the ecological footprint will be 1000x larger. Technological improvements often make it possible to have more powerful and less energy-consuming processors.
Intel remains optimistic
In addition, such a leap in power will not only come from semiconductors. Algorithms, neural networks, compression techniques… All these technologies will also improve our experience on the web. Combined, these innovations make the promise of a “future” quite realistic. The head of Intel is also rather optimistic on this subject, swearing that “”.
For the moment that said, the Internet is not ready for the metaverse and wanting to put your head in a virtual universe risks being expensive economically and ecologically.