Legitimately, Mark Zuckerberg Buries Metaverse to Focus on Making ChatGPT Opponents
The Metaverse doesn’t seem to be the much-anticipated future technology trend, at least in the near future. Photo: Reuters
JAKARTA – For Mark Zuckerberg, the metaverse is dead. According to a report by The Street, the CEO of the social media giant Meta is now turning his focus to artificial intelligence or AI, popularized by ChatGPT.
The metaverse should be the biggest tech trend in 2023. That’s what Zuckerberg hopes to see in 2021, when he renames his business empire—Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp—to a platform called Meta.
In simple terms, the metaverse is an immersive virtual world where we are supposed to interact with each other using special glasses and virtual reality (VR) headsets. This is the future of technology in Zuckerberg’s vision.
To realize this metaverse, he invested hundreds of trillions of rupiah in company money, which made investors hot.
Between 2021 and 2022, the Meta division working on the Reality Labs metaverse lost $24 billion. Including USD 13.7 billion in 2022 alone.
This year, the losses from the metaverse will stop. Because, there is no more massive investment Zuckerberg there.
Now, Zuckerberg already has a new toy called artificial intelligence. “We are creating a new division focused on generative AI to make Facebook have the right product in this area quickly,” he explained in a Facebook post on February 27, 2023 ago.
“We gathered the best people at Facebook to focus on this technology,” he said. “In the near future, we are focused on building creative and expressive tools. In the long term, we are focused on developing AI personas that will help people in different ways,” he added.
Then, what will happen to the metaverse? This technology is not really going away. Meta will continue to develop virtual worlds and headsets to fit into them. However, the target is more specific to videogames and the crypto world.
Last November, Zuckerberg told the New York Times about the investment split in Meta. “80 percent of our investment is in the core business, namely Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, as well as advertisements connected to these applications. About 20 percent of the investment is in Reality Labs,”.
Whether coincidentally or not, that November OpenAI opened the ChatGPT chatbot to the public and became the fastest application in the world used by 100 million people.
3 months later, Zuckerberg left Reality Labs and focused on a new team to keep up with the wave of global AI trends. So forget about the metaverse for a while.