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METAVERSE, AN ANALYSIS OF ITS POTENTIAL AND APPLICATION IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

Por: José Nayhua, Roy Guzmán y Elfer Arenas, CERV Realidad Virtual.


Abstract

EThis article aims to analyze the potential of using metaverses in the mining industry, seen as one of the most important technological advances of this century. 

With the construction of metaverses, the future of society can be changed, and this invites each sector of the industry to evaluate its opportunities for use and exploitation in order to enter into the future by getting involved, not only in their use, but also in their design and development. 

Metaverse is an acronym for meta, meaning transcendent, and verse, which relates to the universe. Science fiction novelist Neal Stephenson coined the term in 1992 in the novel Snow Crash and used it to describe the virtual world in which the protagonist, Hiro, socializes, shops, and defeats real-world enemies through his avatar. 

Arguably, until recently the Metaverse was just a science fiction concept, but today experts in the technology industry see it as the successor to today's Internet.

As a vision at this time, we could say that the Metaverse will be composed of networks of virtual worlds that interact with each other to build a digital universe in which people can interact, represented by avatars, so that multiple activities can be developed online, such as: work, play, study, shop, etc.

Think of a combination of immersive virtual reality, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and the web. For the purposes of showing the progress in Metaverse development, we can find important developments such as:

ν Microsoft's Altspace: whose concept seeks social interaction among its users.

ν Facebook's Horizon: Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook explained in an interview his opinion about the Metaverse encompassing non-immersive platforms such as current social networks, as well as immersive 3D media technologies such as virtual reality, and that it will be for both work and play.

Now, taking the context of mining and recognizing ourselves as a mining country, we are optimistic about the development of the mining industry in Peru. In such a way that in the next four years an investment of around US$ 8 billion in new projects is estimated.

Along with these encouraging projections and development, there is the concern about mining social conflicts; in 2021 alone, we had around 73 and they caused the stoppage of projects for an estimated amount of US$ 24.8 billion, loss of export opportunities of US$ 9.4 billion and just to mention something particular, the stoppages of Antamina and Las Bambas are estimated at US$ 24 million of losses per day.

According to ECLAC in its Macroeconomics of Development Series No. 137-Mining Development and Socio-environmental Conflicts, these problems are caused by environmental, territorial and resource distribution issues.

In this sense, in the Metaverse, companies related to mining, population, academia and the State could have an integral relationship, sharing information in an exclusive ecosystem for its development to the benefit of all actors and help make regional and national development viable.

The mining industry in the Metaverse will allow all actors in the ecosystem to enter into this technological advance and contribute to the solution of different forms of opportunities offered by its use. For example, the company could share its investment projects and show in a digital twin what could be the process of construction, production and closure of the operation.

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