We’ve all seen the movies like Ready Player One that depict a futuristic society wherein life is conducted in a virtual world. While today’s technology isn’t quite up to par, this hasn’t stopped multiple tech companies from jumping on the bandwagon in efforts to be the first to create the Metaverse. Facebook, now called Meta, CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently took a large step toward this virtual future when he changed the name of his company to Meta to better reflect the company’s virtual reality ambitions. Since then other companies have raced to make similar adjustments and to take their own steps toward the metaverse goal. Joining efforts to bring a virtual reality future to life, Microsoft has released tools specifically engineered for the Metaverse.
As a result of the pandemic, a large percentage of the world’s workforce has become remote. With everyone working from home, Microsoft plans to strengthen its cloud computing infrastructure and adapt its software products in order to create a business version of the metaverse. In a recent interview Microsoft’s Chief Executive, Satya Nadella stated, “the public perception of the metaverse–as a futuristic world where plugged-in people recreate their whole lives online–is still a ways off. But the business uses are starting to be available now.” Nadella also expressed that the company is focused on the practical applications of the Metaverse, where the benefits are clear. Earlier this year Microsoft announced the technology used in their software as Mesh, along with Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces, a product that would allow people to move and interact virtually within spaces such as retail and factory facilities. The new tools that would enable users to create their own digital avatar are set to be released within the first half of 2022.
It may be fun to daydream about a future of virtual living, but as more companies join the efforts in converting this vision into reality, they are also increasing the risks of electronic waste. A virtual world requires new technologies and electronics to bring certain facets of the Metaverse to life, which means dozens of updates, and an increase in retired IT hardware every year. Manufacturing new electronics requires many precious metals that can be harmful when exposed for long periods of time. This is why proper IT asset disposition is crucial. ITAD enterprises like HOBI International Inc. ensure that all of your retired hardware is properly disposed of via electronic recycling. Recycling old electronics reduces the amount of raw materials needed to manufacture more devices, and prevents electronics from ending up in landfills where chemicals could potentially contaminate groundwater.
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