The Metaverse is a term coined by Neal Stephenson in Snow Crash (1992), a cyberpunk science fiction book, described as a kind of virtual reality shared via the Internet, where one is represented in three dimensions through one’s avatar.

Stephenson characterizes the Metaverse as an immense black sphere of 65536 km (216) in circumference, cut in two at the equator by a road that can also be traveled on a monorail with 256 (28) stations, each 256 km away. . In this sphere, every person can create in 3D what he wants, shops, offices, discos and more, all potentially open to users.

Stephenson’s is a futuristic vision of the modern internet, frequented by the medium-high segments of the population, where the difference between social classes is represented by the resolution of one’s avatar (from the black and white ones of public terminals, to those in 3D of the rich ), and the ability to access exclusive places (such as the Black Sun).

Metaverse, what is it and how is it accessed? In the new universe everything is virtual, but the experiences and the economy are real In the metaverse we will move with our double digital (avatar) Mark Zuckerberg changes the name of the company Facebook – attention, not app – in Meta and the metaverse boom explodes immediately. For several weeks this word has been bouncing around from mouth to mouth, but only a few times by the way. What the metaverse is, in fact, is not an immediately understandable idea. The reason is obvious: it cannot be touched. The metaverse does not exist physically, but it is incorrect to say that it has no dimensions. The metaverse, in fact, is a universe in the universe – the etymology of the term helps: “meta”, that is, inside, and “towards”, short for universe -, therefore a parallel universe. Like what you can experience in a video game. So what is a metaverse good for? What does it represent? The concept is simple: the extremeization of the video game, which becomes reality from the computer monitor and smartphone.

Yes, but how do you enter the metaverse? In a much simpler way than entering the dark web. First of all because no special browsers are required. Also because the metaverse has no doors, it has no barriers to entry. To access the metaverse, just register on any site that is part of it and, for a truly immersive experience, have a viewer or some accessory that allows you to project yourself into the virtual world. Don’t have them? It doesn’t matter, the experience will be less exciting, but still interesting.

So, having said that the metaverse is essentially some kind of parallel world in which you can create your alter ego, why should it take hold in the future? Just look at the children who are now 6 to 10-11 years old: one of their favorite video games today is Minecraft , which is a real antechamber of the metaverse. Second, we need to focus our attention on the two best known brands in the IT world: Facebook and Microsoft. Both these companies, the first to become their own Goal , are betting heavily with many substantial economic investments in research and development in a metaverse key.

Third aspect, not to be overlooked absolutely: the development of cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin , but not only. In the world of Sandbox, which is currently one of the most popular metaverse platforms, Ethereum is used for trading. This is the “little” brother of Bitcoin. Do you only make virtual purchases? Absolutely not: in the metaverse you can also buy concrete objects. Just think that well-known brands in the “real” world like Adidas are heading straight for the metaverse. And in a not too distant future, we will be able to meet real friends in the virtual metaverse. Maybe just for shopping.

NFTs, hence “Non-fungible token”, are literally a “non-reproducible token”, a kind of unique work. How does one operate in the Metaverse with NFTs? We know that the metaverse is a sort of parallel virtual universe in which an individual relates to others through his own avatar immersed in a digital reality in which we enter with a 3D viewer. Now, let’s start with the concept that the NFT is in fact a certificate of ownership. It is therefore not exchangeable money, but a unique and unrepeatable document since it is written on a blockchain (digital notary) and therefore cannot be modified. In a virtual world like this it is therefore not difficult to imagine that our avatar can perform cryptocurrency transactions, and why not even the brand new and highly rated NFTs.


It is still a work by Mike Winkelmann (Beeple), which reached $ 28.9 million at Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale on November 9th. The new piece, accompanied by a note, is the artist’s first physical work. In reality, it is a hybrid sculpture of about two meters, made of LED screens with dystopian images that can be accessed through the Ethereum blockchain. As explained by the auction house and the artist, the work is generative, that is, it updates and evolves over the course of its life, creating a continuous conversation between artist and owner.

Alessandro Sicuro  for ________  Sure-com America