It is obvious that activities within the virtual realm play a larger role than simply exchanges and communication via an avatar. While opinions are controversial on whether online experiences are genuine or an illusion, I have discovered that humans are capable of feeling empathy and healing in the virtual world. This is due to a feeling of immersion. How much practical experience can the Metaverse provide people with through a strong sense of immersion, even though it is a fictional space? In 1998, Dr. Matthew Botvinick conducted an experiment called “rubber hand illusion”
Virtual space is expressed from the human desire to break away from the limitations of physical existence, which is the form of traditional space; that is, to transcend matter. The claim that this desire started quite a long time ago can be found in the book, “Humane Interfaces: Questions of Method and Practice in Cognitive Technology.” Since the existence of human beings, we have lived with the mind, consciousness, and senses in the inseparable space of the body, and this tight physical bondage has created a desire for “body transcendence” in human unconsciousness. Attempts beyond the body can be seen by the development of power assembly technology. With the development of trains, ships, cars, and airplanes equipped with power devices, humans have made physical and geographical movements. However, mobility through transportation devices still presupposes physical restraint, so there is still an unresolved desire for us and it has become a reason for another advanced development.
-Humane Interfaces: Questions of Method and Practice in Cognitive Technology
The virtual world that we detected while expressing human desire is now like a new continent to us. In the 15th century, Columbus discovered New World America, and European countries made great technological advances by accumulating enormous capital. Now people believe that new opportunities will exist in the Metaverse, a new continent with endless potential. Many companies are competing for leadership in vast areas that have not yet been pioneered into a new ecosystem, and new worlds, cities, and spaces are rapidly expanding in the Metaverse.