Interoperability and the Future of the Metaverse

Interoperability and the Future of the Metaverse

Access Partnership’s Metaverse Policy Lab launched the fourth session of the Metaverse Dialogue Webinar Series, entitled “Interoperability and the Future of the Metaverse”. We were joined by over 100 participants and an expert panel comprising Jason Matusow, General Manager at Microsoft Corporate Standards Group, William Webb, Chief Technology Officer at Access Partnership, and Pedro Henrique Ramos, Partner of Media, Tech & Data Protection at Baptista Luz Advogados.

Moderated by Paula Rabacov, Policy Manager at Access Partnership, discussions centred around defining what interoperability was and how critical it is to the success of the metaverse. Jason defined interoperability as “diverse systems being able to communicate with each other to enable common elements of functionality or to exchange data”. William took a contrarian view, arguing that interoperability was important for the metaverse but not critical to its success. He cited the example of IoS and Android operating systems, which are not interoperable but support technology solutions that enable applications to work seamlessly across both. Pedro felt the metaverse was a buzzword – albeit one that was creating many exciting technological opportunities.

 

 

In terms of degrees of interoperability, one approach would be to delineate between what aspects of the metaverse would need to be interoperable. For example, a consumer-based metaverse platform would differ from an enterprise-based metaverse platform, and interoperability between the two (no singular experience), would not be required. However, on a gaming metaverse platform, avatars and character profiles would benefit from interoperability between platforms.

Are policies and standards the best approach for achieving interoperability? Our speakers argued that while standards are useful, other approaches would be beneficial, such as legal agreements between metaverse platforms and open source technology. Our speakers also cautioned against standards that are too strict, potentially hindering creativity and innovation.

To view a recording of the webinar please click here.

Stay tuned, the Metaverse Dialogue continues next month with our fifth session –Metaverse Dialogue: Reflection 2022 – taking place this Thursday 3 November at 15:00 – 16:00 GMT. All stakeholders are invited to join the dialogue.

Related Articles

Access Alert: Mexican elections 2024 results – what to expect for the tech sector

Access Alert: Mexican elections 2024 results – what to expect for the tech sector

On 2 June, Mexicans went to the polls to elect a new president, all congressional seats, and nearly 20,000 state-level...

13 Jun 2024 Opinion
Harmonising EU digital regulations for the future

Harmonising EU digital regulations for the future

At our recent EU briefing session in Brussels, industry executives and EU policymakers discussed the importance of harmonising and effectively...

12 Jun 2024 Opinion
Access Alert: The 2024 European Parliament election results – the implications

Access Alert: The 2024 European Parliament election results – the implications

Although we have seen a rise in far-right and non-aligned political parties at the cost of seats from the Green...

10 Jun 2024 Opinion
AI: The local contexts of a global game changer

AI: The local contexts of a global game changer

Insights from interviews with policymakers and experts around the world With the second Global AI Safety Summit in Seoul and...

3 Jun 2024 Opinion