True Star participants recently got a chance to take part in another engaging “Session with the Pros” experience. This one was with Jacquis Covington, an early adopter of Web 3; the “constantly evolving space” known as Metaverse.
During the session, we were introduced to the new Web 3 platform that includes virtual and augmented reality. Covington gave us the 411 on Web 3’s contents: blockchains, cryptocurrency, NFT’s, and the Metaverse. Blockchain’s make it so bank transactions like Zelle, Cashapp, etc., are safe and instant. NFT’s are a form of digital ledger that can be traded and bought. We dove into the world of the “Metaverse” as we explored the different spaces within its virtual world. Covington pointed out the way people like to express themselves online in the same way they do in real life. Stores like Forever 21 and Gucci have made their appearance on these platforms, allowing users to buy clothes for their own avatars.
The Metaverse is a constantly changing phenomenon, and according to Covington, we should expect to see features like glasses and even full body suits, that will allow users to truly feel what is happening in the virtual world. Features like spatial audio or even feeling a real touch or handshake will be presented in augmented reality. In order to stay up to date on what’s going on in the Metaverse, one can explore podcasts, YouTube, or even subscriptions to Business Insider. These are all platforms where you can get started in your journey within the Web 3 world.
However, despite the exciting features that the Metaverse brings, Covington acknowledges that, “People get trapped into an identity that they create online… and without realizing it, people associate their status online and on social media with how they are in real life.”
The new Web 3 world is exciting and fresh, however, with this being said, it is important that we are mindful of our separate identities on and off the internet, as merging the two can become harmful to one’s mental health.
To see the full Session with the Pros segment with Covington, click on the video below.
By Asata Young, Senior, Kenwood Academy