The Future Of Communications — Where We’re Heading: Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse, Digital Money, Video Chats

November 22, 2021, 6 months ago


The Future Of Communications — Where We’re Heading: Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse, Digital Money, Video Chats

Have you noticed how much the principles of communication have changed over the past 5, 10, 20 years? It seems that until only recently we used wired phones, made friends exclusively in person, and even if we had access to the Internet, communication at best came down to email correspondence. 

Times are changing, new technologies have quickly entered our daily life and continue to change it continuously. Social networks are turning into real multifunctional internet hubs, smartphones have already evolved from simple voice phones into multitasking devices, and the basic principles of communication on the web have changed beyond recognition.

Today we want to talk about the most unusual and significant changes in human communication, as well as in interaction with the outside world. And believe us, there are many more such changes than you might guess. 

Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse

In the summer of 2021, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced to the public that in the next five years he wants to turn his social network into a kind of metaverse — a virtual world in which users can meet, communicate and interact in every possible way without leaving the couch. That is, Facebook would evolve from a classic social network into a whole online world where you can play, study, work and have fun in a variety of ways. To make this work, Zuckerberg plans to introduce virtual reality technologies. If everything goes according to plan, very soon you’ll be able to attend a concert surrounded by other people, keep fit in 3D or just dance at a real virtual party, all within the social network

In fact, Facebook's drive to actively embrace 3D technology is no longer news. Back in 2014, the company took over VR product manufacturer Oculus. However, we only saw the first results of this purchase five years later with the launch of Facebook Horizon — a kind of virtual world in which you can communicate, have fun and literally create new worlds together with other participants. Facebook Horizon is still in beta testing, and you can connect to the system by invitation only.

The process of launching Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse is complicated by the fact that virtual reality goggles are still quite bulky and uncomfortable. And many users start to feel dizzy and have headaches after just 10-15 minutes. Therefore, the most important thing now is the development of VR technologies and the release of accessible virtual or augmented reality glasses. Several years ago Google presented its solution — Google Glass smart glasses. At that time, the technology did not find its audience, but of course, things can change.

Digital money

Having used at least a little digital money, you can’t help but wonder, "Why does paper money still exist at all?" It can be easily lost, damaged, forgotten in other clothes, or sent to the washing machine along with jeans. For many, using paper money is just a matter of habit. For others, it is much more convenient to pay for purchases and services using a card, phone or smart watch.

There are a lot of options for using electronic money in the world today in all developed countries. Add to this all kinds of cryptocurrencies, and it becomes clear that there is really no need for paper money now.

There is no doubt that sooner or later bills and coins will disappear as a phenomenon, and all payments will be made either from a smartphone or from other gadgets that a person always has with them. For example, now you can easily pay for goods and services simply by using a QR code. It looks like this: 

1. The person receives a piece of paper or electronic receipt with a QR code on it.

2. Through a mobile banking application, the QR code is read and an invoice for payment is generated.

3. One more click, and the funds are sent.

In this case, you do not need to enter anything additionally, count, confirm your identity, or any other time-consuming activity.. Everything is done in a few seconds and a couple of clicks. But enough about QR codes. Some banks have already introduced face-to-face payment technology. When buying something, the terminal reads your face, confirming your identity, and debits the required amount from your bank account. No unnecessary actions! 

Video chats

Some may say that it’s not entirely logical to mention anonymous video chats in the context of future communication. After all, the first video chat site in history is over 12 years old. It was Omegle — a web chat site where you can meet and communicate with completely random people. And yes, the video chat format is far from new now. However...

The fact is that over the past few years we have seen how video chat sites have turned from rather primitive platforms into very functional and convenient services that can completely replace social networks, dating sites, instant messengers and much more. Indeed, in some aspects they are much better — more convenient, safer and easier to learn. To elaborate, we can consider several popular chat roulettes and their features.

For example, OmeTV provides the user with everything that’s necessary for dating and comfortable communication. You just go to the site, open access to your microphone and video camera, and then select the criteria upon which the site should look for chat partners for you. You can specify the gender and location of your partner, and OmeTV has an integrated translator, thanks to which you can easily chat with foreign speakers, and not have to translate their messages manually. Meanwhile the Chatrandom site, although it does not know how to translate messages, has other useful tools and capabilities. Here you can indicate your gender and interests to help the system find suitable partners for you. If you care about anonymity, you can use AR masks that hide your face from the other person. And if you prefer to chat in company, Chatrandom offers themed chat rooms. You simply select the room you're interested in and connect to it, where other participants are already communicating. 

Lovers of juicy details should also not feel left out. There are video chats specifically for those who want to flirt or even have virtual sex. One of these chats is DirtyRoulette, which  visually and technically strongly resembles Chatrandom. Only its focus and audience are different. Here you can also specify your gender, use AR masks, and text chat or video call. Of course, you are only allowed to use DirtyRoulette if you're over the age of 18.

Talking about anonymous video chats, you can't ignore Chatroulette and Bazoocam. They are among the pioneers of the chat roulette format. But Chatroulette was initially most popular in the CIS countries, and Bazoocam in France. Today, both sites look a little outdated, but their audience is large and loyal. 

More modern video chats include Chathub and Shagle. In general, these video chats are also quite similar to each other — both offer gender and geographic filters, and work quite quickly in a desktop browser as well as from a smartphone. Plus you can communicate in both text and video chat. Chathub even allows you to choose a section — "Communication" or "Dating".

CooMeet is #1 video chat with girls. It has become truly unique in many ways. This video chat only allows men to chat with girls with verified accounts. There are no fakes and bots on site, and moderation here is among the best within anonymous video chats. It's also worth adding handy mobile apps, a unique affiliate program, good support, and a free trial — CooMeet already has it all. Overall, this video chat site is developing rapidly and introducing new features, which makes it one of the most promising solutions for serious dating.

We have the world in our pockets

It’s difficult to imagine how much more communication will change in another 5-10 years. Technologies are developing faster than we can cope with them. And the digitalization of society is happening at an incredible pace, which is a positive thing.

Our task is not only to be able to adapt to current trends and realities, but also to benefit from them. We believe that all these changes are for the better. After all, no one now is pining for bulky home phones, inconvenient e-mail correspondence or the need to constantly carry small change with them for various needs. Today we have everything we need in our pockets, and that’s great!

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