In order for the meta-verse to work, it will be necessary to change “the entire Internet infrastructure”

According to an Intel engineer, the advent of the meta-verse will require a profound transformation of the Internet and the way we use it. To make the virtual world credible, we would need computing power 1000 times more powerful than the one we enjoy today.

The meta-verse that Mark Zuckerberg has dreamed of will not arrive in the near future. This virtual world, where we can meet to chat, walk around, hold meetings or play games, will ask “computing power multiplied by 1,000 compared to today said a senior Intel director.

In a blog post, Raja Koduri, head of innovation at Intel, took the liberty of expressing some reservations on December 16, 2021, against the virtual fantasies of Mark Zuckerberg and other metaverse advocates.

The Internet is not ready for the meta-verse

Imagine what it takes today to put two people in a social context in a virtual environment: compelling, detailed avatars with realistic clothes, hair and skin tones. All rendered in real time and based on data from sensors that detect 3D objects, movements, sounds and more in the real world“, Enumerates the person in charge, as if to show the difficulty of getting to interact, even just two people, in a compelling metavers.

Now imagine solving this problem on a large scale – for hundreds of millions of users simultaneously“Raja Koduri unravels,”you will quickly realize that our current computing, storage and networking infrastructure is simply not sufficient to enable this vision. “he concludes.

To make the meta-verse work, it will be necessary to change
Our processors are not ready for the meta-verse according to Intel. // Source: Intel

According to Raja Koduri, the meta-verse will require “a hugely superior computer capacityto what is offered by today’s computers. Latency, these micro-delays between the execution of an action by an Internet user and its recognition of the server, will also have to be significantly reduced, simply so as not to lag in the metaverse. “The entire Internet infrastructure needs a major update“, Explains the leader.

A metavers of privileged

Today, only the richest corners of the world have sufficient infrastructure and financial means to immerse themselves in a virtual world. And again, these worlds are closer to Second Life than the real metavers promised by Mark Zuckerberg. It will actually require much more advanced and much more accessible technologies to make this dream come true. Replicating all of our movements on a 3D avatar today requires expensive and complex performance recording tools. Doing it for millions, even billions of people at the same time, is still the sweet imagination of a technophile.

We must also not forget that the replacement of infrastructures, the production of new gadgets and the continuation of the race for power have a significant ecological cost. Let us remember that according to the Senate, “70% of the total digital CO2 footprint in France is due to the manufacture of terminals (40% worldwide).Producing more VR headsets, connected gadgets and chips, in the hope of one day diving into the meta-verse, also means polluting more. The question here is not to stop innovation, but to ask whether the necessary sacrifices are worth it.

Worldwide, 40% of the digital CO2 footprint is due to the manufacture of terminals

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At the Intel level, production of processors1000x more powerfulthan today does not mean that the ecological footprint will be 1000 times larger. Technological improvements often make it possible to have more powerful and less energy-intensive processors.

Intel remains optimistic

Moreover, such a leap in force will not only happen with semiconductors. Algorithms, neural networks, compression techniques … All of these technologies will also enhance our online experience. Together, these innovations promise a future “1000x more powerfulquite realistic. The head of Intel is also quite optimistic on this issue and swears that “this technology, which allows immersive virtual worlds to amplify the real world, opens up so many possibilities, it’s what makes me want to work every day“.

At the moment, the Internet is not ready for the meta-verse, and it risks becoming costly economically and ecologically to want to lay your head in a virtual universe.

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