New Appearance, Metaverse대한민국청소년영어뉴스/KOREAN YOUTH ENGLISH NEWS
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  • 기사등록 2021-11-01 11:15:29

There is probably no one who has not heard the song "Next Level" recently. Do you know the singer of this song? It is sung by Aespa, a rookie girl group. Aespa applied the Metaverse worldview for the first time. Metaverse is the combined word of the English words "meta" which means "virtual" and the term "verse" which means the universe. It refers to a 3D virtual world which has social, economical, and cultural activities like a real world.

▲ Members of Aespa and their Avatar

Metaverse first appeared in 1992 when American science fiction writer, Neal Stephenson, mentioned it in his novel, "Snow Crash". In this novel, Metaverse refers to a virtual world that can only be entered through an avatar. We might think that Metaverse has the same concept as VR (virtual reality), but Metaverse is a more developed concept. Due to the commercialization of 5G technology and COVID-19, Metaverse has gotten a lot of attention. The technology of VR (virtual reality), and AR (augmented reality) are developed by the commercialization of 5G. Also, COVID-19 has brought this what we call "untact" technology. With these effects, Metaverse can be proliferated.

Metaverse these days is used in games and K-pop. In games, there is Roblox which can make a real society with cultural, and economical activities. Not only Roblox, there is also Fortnite, Minecraft, and Zepeto which allow us to make our own avatar. In K-pop, Aespa used the concept of Metaverse. the members of the group have their own avatar, so Aespa became a group with eight members. Moreover, in K-pop, Blackpink did their fan meeting with the use of "Zepeto". The fans and members of Blackpink made their own avatars and communicated through this Metaverse world.

▲ The game ˝Roblox˝ which applied Metaverse.

Like this, because of COVID-19 and the commercialization of 5G technology, Metaverse appeared in many things in our society. With the development of technology in the future, Metaverse will be more institutionalized.

By Kim Yuchae


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