Metaverse – Actress, Sex Worker, or Digital Fashion Designer – Jobs of the Future

The word sensation is spreading around the world – the ghost of “Metaverse” – in German Metaversum. By definition, a world in which physical reality merges with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the online world. With data glasses in front of their eyes, users must encounter avatars of others in virtual worlds.

The term “metaverse” first appeared in the 1992 science fiction novel “Snow Crash” by Neil Stephenson. In it, he describes a parallel virtual world in which people live as avatars. Today’s vision is similar: a virtual world, a three-dimensional space where human avatars can interact with each other and keep in touch with friends, communicate, work, play, go to concerts or “travel the world”.

Infinitely large spaces suit infinite possibilities alike, according to full advertisements. But what does the virtual universe mean to humanity? There should be new jobs as well as unlimited opportunities. It seems tempting to create a whole new world, but the question arises whether the mistakes and wrong turns of the Internet repeat, do people stand in their way and therefore a real revolution cannot occur?

The Metaverse got a big boost when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced his company was rebranding “Meta” and announced that it would “create a virtual environment in which you can be with people in digital spaces.”

Occupations needed by Metaverse

Zuckerberg emphasized that the Metaverse, also known as Web3, provides tremendous opportunities for creators and artists, but also for people who want to work and live far from existing city centers. It will also reach people who live in places where opportunities for education or recreational activities are somewhat limited. “The Detective Metaverse may be the closest thing to a working teleporter,” he says. You can think of the Metaverse as the Internet embodied, where you’re not just looking at the content, but where you are. “You feel connected to other people, like you’re in different places, and you can have different experiences that you wouldn’t necessarily have on a 2D app or website, like dancing or different types of fitness.”

Money rules the Metaverse as well, and the virtual sphere will be the next big step in the digital revolution unleashed by blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and has seen a surge in demand for skilled workers in recent years.

Digital Architects must design new worlds in an easy-to-use way.

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Like the real world, the Metaverse will require a variety of professions. From high-paying and prestigious professions to hypothetical mid-to-low-paying system maintenance jobs. Web3 developers belong to the first category. Those people who will be added to the traditional distinctions of front-end, back-end and full-stack developers must have all the basic web developer skills but with a certain specialization: Web3 developers must also be skilled in topics related to blockchain connectivity and various “standards”.

Of course, the topic of security is and will continue to be a huge topic in the upcoming virtual world – and thus the need for cybersecurity experts will continue to exist. The Metaverse Security Manager is strategically positioned to accurately predict how the capabilities of this universe will be negatively used and to identify critical security components and systems and the manufacturing steps associated with these predictions. All this is done without sacrificing functionality or design.

Unlike the current Internet, where control of digital environments and data rests in the hands of whoever created the platform, the real revolution in blockchain lies in giving each user the ability to control the data themselves. From this point of view, Web3 guarantees greater security of data and digital goods, but at this stage of development in the history of technology, the Web3 architecture is still modern and evolving. For this reason, one of the most important professions in the development of the blockchain-based metaverse will be that of a cybersecurity expert: these professionals will have the task of securing Web3 environments controlled by the blockchain and ensuring that those already implemented systems actually guarantee the tightness of the “chain”.

Another core line of business will be professionals who develop and implement virtual and augmented reality environments. These methods and skills come from the world of video games, for example, and require not only a 2D navigation experience, but also 3D environments that interact with the physical dimension of the real and offline world. Web3 designers will play a major role in “designing” the new digital spaces in which we will live.

Creators and artists must play an important role in the success of the Metaverse: not only must colorful worlds be created, new fashions and artworks must be created to give the digital world shine and luster, but these (luxury) goods must also influence economic life in the virtual augmentation landscape. If millions are already spent on digital artwork, platform operators can already see the ring so far – who’s missing out? Of course professionals and coding designers. Thanks to the blockchain, new evidence of ownership of digital assets has been developed such as works of pixel art or other forms of digital creativity. Called NFTs (non-fungible tokens), they allow artists, so-called crypto artists, to create Certificates of Authenticity for digital works in order to sell them to enthusiasts and collectors like the traditional art market. But of course you have to pay with cryptocurrency.

From innovation to boredom

As part of the merger, Web3 will become a major development hub for businesses of all types and sizes. As a theoretical and practical expert, the Innovation Manager’s job is to support these companies to seize the opportunities of the metaverse and blockchain to drive digitization and transformation processes in order to innovate business models and thus unlock new business opportunities in unexplored regions.

An Expensive Patch: In Decentraland, multi-million dollar plots of land are already being traded.  Celebrities and lesser known personalities also want to make sure of their position in the next internet.  - © screenshot https://decentraland.org/

An Expensive Patch: In Decentraland, multi-million dollar plots of land are already being traded. Celebrities and lesser known personalities also want to make sure of their place in the upcoming internet.

– © screenshot https://decentraland.org/

Less cool but important professions are not very new, they are based on real jobs. Digital brokers will be needed, because virtual real estate is already being sold in the so-called “Decentraland” for seven-figure sums. Anyone who wants to see private living dreams come true in the virtual landscape of the future will need real estate agents. The caretakers will take care of the virtual villas and the entire service sector will ensure that merchandise of all kinds can be purchased in future stores.

At the end of the hypothetical food chain, there will be jobs that are essential to the functioning of the Metaverse, but that are cheap, undesirable, or at best affordable. Just like in social networks, community moderators are needed now. They have to watch videos, chats, apps and report questionable content.

It can also be assumed that the “new Internet” will also attract those sectors that have always jumped early with their predecessors. Experts predict that the topic of pornography and sex work will spread again. Beyond collective agreements and fair wages, clickers will also be tapped so that others can have fun in the metaverse.

It’s already becoming clear that the Metaverse will likely not be for the greater good, but it will always be growth oriented. The greed of the big tech companies is too big for a pro-social motive behind it. As a result, it will be difficult to find places free of consumption such as just and equitable worlds in which neither sexism nor racism would be possible from the start. Despite these expectations and experience with the Internet and the dark web, there is not only a lack of uniform and universal laws and social norms, their enforcement and management. There are not even any considerations about how to create such rules.

It would be fatal if the Metaverse created a parallel digital world dictated by a few (American) billionaires. It will be necessary to have a moral standard and clear regulations to implement this new “universe”, otherwise the Metaverse will fail just like the “Second Life” before it or the current Internet with bullying, cybercrime, great disparities and exploitation.

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