(RoyalPatriot.com )- Last Thursday Facebook launched a test of a new remote work app that allows users to hold virtual meetings as avatar versions of themselves using the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets.
The beta test of the Horizon Workrooms app is Facebook’s way of taking an early step toward building a futuristic “metaverse” that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been touting in recent weeks.
In unveiling the Workrooms, Facebook showed how users can design avatar versions of themselves – which pretty much look like badly designed cartoons – and then meet in a virtual reality conference room while their real life version sits somewhere else with big, clunky headsets on.
During his interview on CBS This Morning, Zuckerberg offered up an example of his virtual reality meeting:
You will have more freedom to work remotely, stay in towns you grew up in, have more opportunities to travel and experience life and travel, all while you work!
What do you guys think?
— Ana Pérez Mackenzie (@anaperezworld) August 19, 2021
Yeah, that doesn’t look at all ridiculous.
The tech giant has been heavily investing in virtual and augmented reality. In addition to developing hardware like its Oculus virtual reality headsets, it has also been working on augmented reality glasses and wristband technologies, as well as buying up a number of virtual reality gaming studios.
As it gains dominance in this market, Facebook is betting that virtual and augmented reality will be the next big computing platforming.
According to Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of its Reality Labs group, the Horizon Workrooms app gives a “good sense” of how Facebook envisions elements of the “metaverse.” During a virtual reality news conference, Bosworth told reporters that this app is one foundational step in that direction.
Zuckerberg has long envisioned creating an “embodied internet” where cartoony-looking people created by their real counterparts can interact with each other virtually while the real people remain devoid of actual human interaction. Which only proves that Zuckerberg has never been hugged a single time in his entire miserable life.
Naturally, since those who would participate in Zuckerberg’s “embodied” virtual workrooms are using Facebook’s platform to do so, some are concerned about the security and privacy of those silly enough to sit alone with headgear while their cartoon version sits at a cartoon conference table.
Of course Facebook pinky-swears that it would not exploit the information or materials within these virtual workrooms to collect personal information on users in order to unleash targeted advertising.