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Zuckerberg’s Photorealistic Metaverse Demo Wows Crypto Twitter

Critics have been questioning the fate of Meta’s metaverse vision in recent years. However, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent demonstration of photorealistic avatars suggests that the concept may still be very much alive.

During a podcast episode with Lex Fridman on September 28th, Zuckerberg engaged in an hour-long conversation with the popular computer scientist. This conversation was unique because it occurred entirely in the metaverse, using photorealistic avatars. These avatars were made possible through Meta’s Quest 3 headsets and noise-canceling headphones. Meta has often faced criticism for investing billions in metaverse research, seemingly yielding only cartoonish avatars and awkward-looking characters.

However, this time, the response from social media users, including those from Crypto Twitter, was different. Many were genuinely impressed by the sophistication of the technology. A pseudonymous user known for their satirical takes on current events, Gaut, exclaimed, “Ok, the metaverse is officially real.” Coder Jelle Prins wrote, “9 minutes into Lex/Mark metaverse podcast, I forgot I was watching avatars.”

Lex Fridman also shared his real-time impressions of the experience, mentioning how “close” Zuckerberg felt during the interview. Moments later, he admitted that it was challenging to remember that Zuckerberg’s avatar wasn’t his physical body.

The technology showcased in this demonstration represents the latest version of Codec Avatars, a long-running Meta research project aimed at creating fully photorealistic, real-time avatars. These avatars work through headsets equipped with face-tracking sensors. However, Zuckerberg cautioned that consumers might have to wait a few years before using such realistic avatars themselves. The technology currently relies on expensive machine-learning software and specialized equipment with over 100 different cameras for full head scans.

Zuckerberg did express Meta’s commitment to reducing these barriers, suggesting that in the future, regular smartphones might be sufficient for creating such scans.

This recent demonstration follows Meta’s unveiling of Meta AI, its newest AI assistant, as an answer to ChatGPT. Meta AI is integrated into various chatbots, apps, and smart glasses, underlining Meta’s ongoing investment in AI and metaverse-related technologies.

Photo by Ivan Samkov

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