Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that a selfie of his digital avatar in front of a virtual Eiffel Tower and La Sagrada Familia was a little ‘basic’.
The screenshot, which Zuckerberg posted to mark the launch of Horizon Worlds in France and Spain, got roundly mocked by the internet at large.
Horizon Worlds is Meta’s flagship application for its burgeoning ‘metaverse’ – an online world where we’ll all socialise, work and play.
Unfortuantely, as one Twitter commentator pointed out, the graphics in Zuck’s selfie look about on par with the Teletubbies game for the first PlayStation console.
As well as mocking the shot, people were happy to start turning it into a meme.
‘Major updates to Horizon and avatar graphics coming soon. I’ll share more at Connect,’ he wrote in an Instagram caption alongside a much more lifelike avatar.
‘Also, I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic – it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch. The graphics in Horizon are capable of much more – even on headsets – and Horizon is improving very quickly.
So as it turns out, even a tech genius worth $62 billion can occasionally post a regrettable selfie after getting a bit carried away.
We’ve all been there, Mark.
What is the metaverse?
The word metaverse is a combination of ‘the prefix meta, meaning ‘beyond’ and ‘universe’.
Essentially, it’s a world of endless, interconnected virtual communities where people can meet, work and play, using virtual reality headsets, augmented reality glasses, smartphone apps or other devices.
It also will incorporate other aspects of online life such as shopping and social media, according to Victoria Petrock, an analyst who follows emerging technologies.
Zuckerberg says he expects the metaverse to reach a billion people within the next decade.
It will be a place people will be able to interact, work and create products and content in what he hopes will be a new ecosystem that creates millions of jobs for creators.
Inside the metaverse will be different apps for different purposes.
Each person can design avatars of themselves and use hand gestures thanks to the wireless Oculus controllers that come with the VR headset.
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