Meta, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Unity and others form the Metaverse standards forum

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As more technology companies develop products for virtual and augmented reality, some oversight groups are trying to keep the industry on the same wavelength. The newest one is Metaverse Standards Forumwhich aims to provide open compatibility, which can make it easier for developers to build applications on different platforms.

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As announced today, there are already several big players on the forum such as Meta, Microsoft, Epic Games, Adobe, NVIDiA, Sony, Unity and more. But there’s also a glaring absence, including companies like Niantic, Apple, Roblox, and Snapchat, which also create consumer “metaverse” products.

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The Metaverse standards forum is free to join and plans to focus on “pragmatic, action-based projects” such as hackathons and open source tools.

“There will be no metaverse, just as there is no “Microsoft Internet” or “Google Internet” today,” explained Nick Clegg, Meta’s President of Global Affairs in blog post last month. “Like the Internet, the metaverse will be an interconnected system that transcends national boundaries, so there will need to be a network of public and private standards, rules and regulations to allow it to operate across multiple jurisdictions.”

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However, such consortiums are only effective if enough companies adopt their standards.

Tiffany Xingyu Wang, director of security at AI content moderation company Spectrum Labs, launched Oasis Consortium Earlier this year. In an effort to increase the security commitment of gaming and social companies, the Oasis consortium has developed a list of user security standards that it hopes will become an industry standard.

“If the metaverse is going to survive, it needs to be secure,” Wang said. Technology Overview.

Content moderation is especially challenging in VR, where online harassment or abuse can seem even more intimidating due to the immersive nature of the technology. And in some cases, it seems like companies are prioritizing product development. over reliable security measures.

Like the Metaverse standards forum, the Oasis consortium is missing some key players such as Meta. And in the past, such groups became smaller and smaller when internal conflict inevitably arose.

The Metaverse Standards Forum is led by the Khronos Group, a non-profit consortium working on AR/VR, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more. Khronos has already tried to set the standard for the VR API with the eponymous Virtual Reality Standards Initiative in 2016, which included companies such as Google, NVIDIA. Epic Games and Oculus, which are now part of Meta.


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