In 1992, science-fiction author Neal Stephenson invented the term “metaverse” in his hit novel “Snow crash.” Now, 30 years later, he’s teaming up with another cryptocurrency OG, Peter Vessenes, to attract his vision to life.
Like the visions of the metaverse network popularized in the summer of 2021, before much of the corporate world began co-opting the term, Lamina1 will be centered on open metaverses with a focus on virtual- and augmented-reality integrations.
“The Facebook name change was a big milestone for the metaverse network, although the idea had been building for some time before that,” Stephenson reported CoinDesk in an interview, adding:
“While big corporations like Microsoft became interested, what likewise happened was several smaller players became interested as well. There are several people who want to get in on the metaverse network and build their dreams, build their ideas, realize their creative notions or their commercial ambitions.”
The testnet and betanet of Lamina1 are scheduled to be launched later this year, with the ultimate goal being to create an immersive 3D metaverse network inspired by the novel itself.
Plans for Lamina1
Vessenes reported CoinDesk the 1st iteration of the blockchain tech will be “somewhere in the middle of a friendly fork and partnership” of Avalanche (AVAX), though no plans have been finalized.
The notice comes at a time when the metaverse network continues to mean anything from a blockchain-based video game to an immersive future of life itself.
Investors are hedging their bets on both ends of the spectrum, backing projects that range from centralized virtual marketplaces like the one Meta is building to projects like MetaMetaverse, whose ambitions resonate more with the crypto-native.
“When I look at the things that have made the top chains work, it’s really just how successful they’ve been at getting their communities all the resources they need, and just helping them succeed,” Vessenes reported CoinDesk. “What we’re wanting to do is attract in very, very high-quality IP partners, enterprise partners, help everybody meet each other and just build cool stuff.”
Stephenson will be speaking at CoinDesk’s Consensus conference in Austin, Texas, later this week.
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