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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen in a 2018 file photo, wants his company to be an indispensable enhancement to everyday living, writes Navneet Alang.

Facebook wants to change its name. According to tech site The Verge, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to announce a new name change that reflects a shift in focus for the company from social networking to what it is calling “the metaverse” — a mix of technologies meant to create a virtual world that Facebook happens to run.

The metaverse. It’s a diffuse idea, and Facebook envisions it as a kind of layer of tech between you and the world. More practically, the metaverse is likely to be a mix of virtual reality in the form of headsets; augmented reality, in which smart glasses and other things layer information atop reality; and a host of other tech — maps, wearables, headphones — to shape how you interact with everything.

Source: Toronto Daily Star

Date: November 3rd, 2021

Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/opinion/2021/10/23/facebook-wants-to-move-to-the-metaverse-heres-what-that-is-and-why-you-should-be-worried.html

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