World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee sees the Metaverse as part of our future

Tim Berners-Lee, known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, shared his thoughts on the concepts of VR and metaverse. He expects these technologies to impact how people interact online.

Tim Berners-Lee, image credit: Marco Verch

Berners-Lee talked about it in an interview with Bloomberg preview. “People ask questions about virtual reality, and whether the metaverse is going to be all of the future, and the answer is that it’s going to be part of the future,” he said.

Speaking further on the subject, Berners-Lee noted that VR would become a new medium, allowing people to switch between a real movie and its VR version. At least, that’s the future he hopes for.

Berners-Lee has been exploring the world of Web 3.0 and NFT for some time, which is tied to the concept of metaverse. Last year, its original source code for the web was sold at Sotheby’s for $5.4 million as NFT. Berners-Lee is now also working on Solid, a decentralized data storage system, which he describes as a “USB drive in the sky”.

Although a handful of major gaming and tech companies have already announced plans to create their own metaverse, the whole concept is drawing a lot of criticism, especially from some developers and gamers. Game designer Warren Spector, for example, called NFTs “ridiculous”, with Hazelight Founder Josef Fares say that he would rather get shot in the knee than add chips to his games.

Esther L. Gunn