Before the metaverse became the immersive, billion-dollar concept it is today, it started as an idea in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 science-fiction novel, Snow Crash. Now, 30 years later, Stephenson is looking to bring his vision to life. The author has teamed up with crypto expert Peter Vessenes to build a metaverse-focused blockchain called Lamina1. Vessenes will be the project’s CEO while Stephenson will serve as its chairman.
According to the pair, Lamina1 will be an open metaverse with a focus on virtual and augmented-reality integrations. The testnet and betanet are scheduled to launch later this year.
“The Facebook name change was a big milestone for the metaverse, although the idea had been building for some time before that,” said Stephenson. “While big companies like Microsoft became interested, what also happened was lots of smaller players became interested, too. There are a lot of people who want to get in on the metaverse and build their dreams, build their ideas, realize their creative notions, or their commercial ambitions.”
Financial backers of the project include Ethereum Co-Founder Joseph Lubin, Geoff Entress, Matthew Roszak, Patrick Murck, and David Johnston.
(All information was provided by CoinDesk)
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