Macron wants a “European Metaverse”: what is it?

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Whether we love him or hate him, there is one quality that must be recognized in Emmanuel Macron: his sense of discrepancy.

Either by invoking Gérard Majax or by using obsolete terms (“browse”; “Perlimpinpin” and so on …), the president’s rhetoric is studded with archaisms aimed at seducing his electorate …

… And at the same time ® constantly looking to the future, to the world after “, As can be seen from one of his latest statements:

Emmanuel Macron wishes to create a ” European metaverse ie by involving EU member countries, or even the EU as a whole, in the development of a virtual universe which will host spaces, events, activities and private activities.

At the time I didn’t know what to think …

– In a sense, I welcome the desire to develop European technology sectors. Dependence on the American technology park is an intolerable renunciation in terms of sovereignty.

– The other, I am always wary of “European” initiatives. : we are talking about an institutional set of which democratic legitimacy is more than questionableand whose socio-economic orientation is ultra-intrusive (just see the treatment reserved for cryptocurrencies). Should an unelected public structure be left to build the foundations of a new technological universe? There is no risk of authoritarian drift, how with the spectrum of a digital euro?

Then I realized that I had got carried away a little: as often in politics, the effects of the announcement are far from reality …

This is not a Metaverse

So yes, speaking European metaverse when you are in the countryside it makes you dream. But inevitably, behind it, the journalists ask questions …

And it is Cédric O, the Secretary of State for Digital, who provides the details:

The project is not to create a public metaverse, but support some underlying technologies, starting with the graphics engines. For example, by creating European competitors to American motors, the most used in the video game industry.

Let’s start from European metaversewhich had the same journalistic potential as the famous “sea snake” Defense Europe

… to a support plan for the video game industry, in short!

Recall that the Metaverse is a interactive virtual universe where users could interact through avatars and virtual reality equipment. It’s like an ultra-immersive 3D version of the Internet where you can simulate almost anything.

It’s not “just” about graphics engines.

Furthermore, the European Metaverses already exist: one of the most advanced and acclaimed ecosystems, The sandboxis French.

For example, when you want, you can’t always be in the thick of it all.

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Okay, I’ve stopped making fun of the re-elected president. It’s fair game, but It shouldn’t distract us from real problems..

The Metaverse will emerge from a set of technologiesfrom the code that models the architecture to the VR devices that allow access.

These technologies, for the moment, are overwhelmingly derived from American bands. However, it will be necessary to encourage the development of European sectors because the public and / or strategic applications of the Metaverse are numerous … and for many of them, it would be harmful to let other powers host our data and have full access to confidential information.

Among the possible applications of a public and / or European Metaverse, here are two concrete examples:

1) the industrial Metaverse : to take Airbus, For instance. European flagship of the aeronautics, based in Toulouse and offices in Germany, United Kingdom, Spain …

For a strategic company of this size, one can imagine the creation of a virtual factory where engineers from all countries, designers, logisticians …

The idea would be to organize 100% engaging meetings. and workshops where you can model parts in 3D and test ideas with all of the company’s brains equally involved in a commonplace.

Same thing for most multinational industrial groups: 3D design and modeling have a lot to gain in developing a Metaverse adapted to the needs of engineers, especially when teams need to communicate remotely.

2) Virtual cities and public management : managing a metropolis, including urban planning, traffic management, expansion projects… is not easy.

However, the Metaverse would allow, powered by good AI, to simulates the city he manages in a 3D virtual universe, to allow you to test and iterate the development of new districts, new axes… so as to verify how everything behaves when you change one or more elements.

Because this is one of the great advantages of the Metaverse: become a laboratory of change where everything is possible and where you can experience anything.

Imagine that other more sensitive applications could be developed:

– modeling of virtual nuclear sites;

– remote confidential meetings, in an ultra-secure Metaverse;

– virtual training of intervention forces and soldiers as close to reality as possible.

Now you understand the interest of master these technologies nationwide (or European).

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