The metaverse could open up all kinds of health applications, even if there are still a number of limitations, estimates Frédéric Thomas, a French specialist in health issues at Roland Berger, a consultancy.
We talk about virtual reality and online applications, but how is the metaverse different?
Metaverse has several characteristics: First, the universe will go on Even when I’m offline. Then it’s the universe Open, a priori without barriers, you only need a computer and a virtual reality headset. It is also, among other characteristics, immersive. And we have one symbol picture. But most online, or virtual reality, apps have only a few of these features at the moment.
The metaverse also asks a lot of questions about reach inequality Among different population groups: Already today, we see in the polls that not everyone knows what it is and most who do know what it is Young.
So the metaverse raises the questionexclusion. We have to offer it to the general public. At the moment, it is a dream driving the actions of a number of players and investors and may not quite happen as depicted today.
It is generating strong investor interest specifically: who are the major players?
here they are web actors Basically (meta, microsoft, editor’s note), which is fairly close to maxing out what they can do in the current infrastructure: they need change scale Because otherwise growth There will be no longer. You must find these actors Virgin spaces for colonization to generate vigorous growth. We are in the logic of the Wild West, where the actors push beyond the limits of the universe. There are already tens of billions of investments around the world.
Beyond its limits, such as inequality of access, can it contribute anything to health?
You can imagine all kinds of things. For example, you might have a file “Digital Twin”. This will allow Labs to be able to work not on you but on your avatar, which will be your clone, in a parallel universe, via mathematical modeling. we can Breast cancer detection On your avatar, for example if you (and the character) have a genetic mutation that favors this type of tumor.
In health, interesting things can be done Psychiatry or in the implementation of programs for Patient follow-up. There is also a theme exercise And learning, both caregivers And to get The patients. can we train surgeons Faster through virtual reality? All this raises many questions.