Macron wants a “European metavers”: 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.

Whether referring to Gérard Majax or using outdated terms (to “poke around”; “perlimpinpin” and so on …), the president’s rhetoric is marked by archaism designed to seduce his electorate …

… and at the same time ® constantly facing the future, towards the world after “, as one of his last statements states:

Emmanuel Macron wants to create a ” European Metaverse i.e. to involve EU member states, or even the EU as a whole, in development of a virtual universe which will accommodate spaces, events, activities and private companies.

At that time I did not 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 of sovereignty.

– The other, I am always on guard against “European” initiatives : we are talking about an institutional set if democratic legitimacy is more than questionableand whose socio-economic orientation is ultra-urgent (see only the processing reserved for cryptos). Should an unelected public structure be left to build the foundation of a new technological universe? If there is no risk of authoritarian operation, as with the ghost of a digital euro?

Then I realized that I had been a little carried away: As is often the case in politics, the advertising effects are far from reality …

This is not a Metaverse

So yes, talk about European Metaverse when you are in the country, it makes you dream. But behind it, the journalists inevitably ask questions …

And it is Cédric O, the Foreign Minister for Digital, who provides the details:

The project should not create a public metaverse, however support certain underlying technologies, starting with graphics engines. For example, by creating European competitors for American engines, the most prevalent in the video game industry. »

We’re leaving European Metaversewho had the same journalistic “sea snake” potential as the famous one Defense Europe

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

As a reminder, Metaverse is one interactive virtual universe where users could interact through avatars and virtual reality devices. It’s like a 3D version of the internet, ultra-immersive, where you can simulate just about anything.

It’s not “just” about graphics engines.

Moreover, European metaversers already exist: one of the most advanced and recognized ecosystems, Sandboxesis French.

Like what, when you want, you can not always be inside it.

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Behind marketing, real issues of sovereignty

Okay, I’m done teasing the re-elected president. It’s fair game, though It should not distract us from the real problems..

The meta-verse will arise from one set of technologiesfrom the code that shapes its architecture to the VR devices that provide access to it.

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

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

1) the industrial Metaverse : take Airbus, e.g. European aviation flagship with headquarters in Toulouse and locations in Germany, UK, Spain …

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

The idea would be to organize 100% immersive meetings and workshops where one could model parts in 3D and test ideas with all the company’s brains involved in the same way in a common place.

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

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

However, Metaverse, powered by a good AI, would allow that simulate the city you manage in a virtual 3D universe, to allow you to test and iterate the evolution of new districts, new axes … to control how the whole behaves when you change one or more elements.

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

You imagine that other more sensitive applications can be developed:

– modeling of virtual nuclear sites;

– confidential remote meetings in an ultra-secure Metaverse;

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

You now understand the interest of master these technologies at the national level (or European).

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