Let’s dive into the Metaverse. Don’t forget your glasses

LG: Mike, what is your favorite part of the metaverse?

MC: This is the part where you log out and go outside.

LG: I would like to disagree, but I can’t. I agree, honestly. Well, for the sake of this podcast, maybe we can go a little into the metaworld?

MC: Fine. Let me put on the Oculus glasses and I’ll be right there.

LG: Fine. Activated.

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LG: Hello everybody. Welcome to the metaverse. I mean, welcome Gadget Lab. I’m Lauren Hood. I am a senior writer at WIRED.

MC: And I’m Michael Calor. I am a senior editor at WIRED.

LG: We were also joined in the metaworld by WIRED senior writer Ariel Pardes, who joined us from… where are you, Ariel?

Ariel Pardes: Does it matter in 2021 where we are if we are all in the metaverse?

LG: No, now you can be anywhere. You could be in the woods. You could be in Auckland. You could be in Nazareth.

AP: Let’s say I’m in Mark Zuckerberg’s head.

LG: Well, we’re talking about Facebook again. If you haven’t updated your news feed this week, Facebook has a lot of news. They held an annual conference of software developers, which took place almost on Thursday. We’ve seen a bunch of new things that should allow developers to create things for this idea of ​​the metaverse. We’ve heard a little more about Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of what the metaworld will look like. And we heard about the name change of Facebook. I don’t even know if it’s worth calling it Facebook now. Ariel, what should we call Facebook? Tell us about it.

AP: The company, formerly known as Facebook, is now called Meta, as in the metaverse, as in metastatic cancer, as the AOC wrote on Twitter today. This should signal that the company is no longer just a company on social media. It’s not just a news feed. It’s not just Instagram. In fact, it is a company. And it’s all about the metaverse.

LG: Be a little reserved, because earlier this week Facebook announced its third-quarter earnings and talked about how it was going to break part of the top line for another of its divisions, right? So, there are all these different products and divisions of Facebook, tell us how it works and how it will break down now.

AP: Facebook, which you know now, which Facebook sometimes calls the family of applications – Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, etc. – will now be divided into this section, which he calls the Family of applications. On the other hand, it has a new thing called Facebook Reality Labs, which is a new home for all its products related to the metaverse and what the future of computers still looks like.

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