Publicado em Feb. 24, 2022

A Triptych for the Metaverse

Triptych is an old name. It dates back to Roman antiquity and refers to a set of three tablets connected to each other by hinges. So, when folding one over the other, the surface gets smaller.

And when opened, the three parts form a larger surface, used for writing or drawing. In more contemporary language, a triptych is an object used for communication, which can be condensed or expanded. One of the most famous triptychs is called “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, shown in the illustration above. This triptych was painted in 1504 by the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. And now let's see what the triptych has to do with the metaverse.

At the end of last year, right after the announcement of the Meta by the then Facebook, I started to pay attention to what could be a new implementation of the metaverse. This interest was aroused in part by the poor results obtained in the previous wave of this same metaverse. Even with bad results, I decided to give what was happening a chance.

As I always do, I opened my heart to new knowledge while I decided to rescue old knowledge. Then I realized the obvious: to get better results, it was necessary to avoid repeating mistakes. One of the ways to achieve this is to review the previous concepts, improve what is possible and add the news that the advancement of technology always presents. Also a little obvious. Only very wide. That's where the inspiration for the triptych appeared. I realized that the best approach to the new/old theme of the metaverse would be in three steps, like a triptych.

An introductory stage, which rescues already established historical concepts. If you're one of those people who likes to know where things come from, it's good to start here. The title of this first article is “Meta o que?”.

A second stage entirely dedicated to business, which, not by chance, is the longest. Here are the possible models of commercial use of the metaverse, recommendations, risks and controversies that new technologies produce. For example, for the business world, the dreamlike aspect of the previous metaverse scares more than it attracts. The title of this article is “The Business of the & in the Metaverse”.

And a last step showing that, although they don't go by that name, there are already implemented metaverses out there. This content will alert you to what is most serious about the topic. The title of this article is “Problems that only a metaverse solves”.

As in a triptych, the concepts complete each other in the observation of the three parts. But each of them has its own meaning.

Now, it is worth noting the triptych created by Hieronymus Bosch in 1504. For many art scholars, Bosch may well be considered the first surrealist artist. As early as 1504, their images resemble those of current avatars. It is this similarity that the following illustrations try to show. The first image shows contemporary avatars at a meeting in the current Second Life. Note the presence of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic forms. The second image is a clipping of the triptych “O Jardim das Delícias Terrenas”, with the same shapes as the current avatars, despite the 514 years that separate one creation from the other. In the end, the triptych format served not only to divide the content into three parts, but the most famous of them showed to contain elements similar to current avatars.


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