Metaverse Observations from Space

Financial Markets: Updated Format

We are excited to introduce an updated format for our financial markets section that incorporates some of the feedback we’ve received. Instead of recapitulating global indices as we were doing until now, we will begin to feature individual listed companies that we believe could play a role in the Metaverse, be it by developing it, by hosting it, or by creating the microprocessors necessary to power it.

Semiconductor Companies Reach for the Metaverse

Metaverse 201: Artificial Intelligence — Part 1

From left to right: Herbert Simon, Nathaniel Rochester, Ray Solomonoff, Marvin Minsky, Arthur Samuel, John McCarthy, Claude Shannon.

Elsewhere in the Metaverse

  • J.P. Morgan became the first major bank to enter the Metaverse with its launch of the Onyx Lounge in Decentraland. Named after the company’s blockchain payments solution, the Onyx Lounge in the virtual Metajuku Mall has essential features, including a tiger roaming the lobby by a portrait of CEO Jamie Dimon.
  • McDonald’s has filed trademarks to have a restaurant in the Metaverse that allows home deliveries to be ordered from it. We’re already lovin’ it.
  • South Korea’s sovereign wealth fund, Korea Investment Corporation, which currently has more than $200 billion of assets under management, announced it will look to increase its portfolio’s exposure in Artificial Intelligence and the Metaverse.
  • In parallel to the Super Bowl taking place on the field this year, a second match was taking place in the commercial breaks over the Metaverse. Meta portrayed the Metaverse through a very likeable animatronic dog reuniting with his friend thanks to their Oculus Quest 2 headset, while Salesforce counterpunched by having Matthew McConaughey convey that “All the others look to the Metaverse and Mars. Let’s stay here.” We much prefer animatronic dogs.

Looking Ahead

As mentioned above, we look forward to pursuing our AI series with Part 2 next week that will focus on some of the leading companies in the sector. Following the conclusion of the AI series, we will then move on to look at other critical technologies underlying the Metaverse.

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Metaverse Observations

Metaverse Observations

Every week, we publish an original newsletter unpacking the most disruptive technological revolution of our time. We parse through the hype on your behalf.