The way we work has changed drastically over the past couple of years. Although the transition was already in process, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the migration from offline to online. It also paved the path for new work models, such as hybrid and remote work.
Meanwhile, we are at the cusp of the next technological paradigm shift — the metaverse. From Nike to Balenciaga, JP Morgan to Meta (formerly Facebook), some of the world's largest companies are betting big on the role the metaverse will play in shaping the future of work. Underscoring this momentum, Microsoft founder Bill Gates stressed that change is coming sooner than we might expect in a recent blog post.
The metaverse, by design, was always intended to be more than just another ecosystem of "virtual reality"-based applications. While still in the early stages, the metaverse is quickly shaping up to be an extension of the real world, powered by emerging technologies like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrencies, blockchain and much more.
"The burgeoning metaverse space is opening up a lot of exciting possibilities for the way we interact with one another and do business," Michiel Näring, vice president of Syscoin Foundation, said. "The metaverse is bound to boost the shift to remote work already underway due to the pandemic. The implications this will have on workplace dynamics, participants' or employees' job satisfaction and companies themselves are immense."
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