How do People Interact in the Metaverse?

There are quite a few options for interactions between people in the metaverse, actually. For the most part they mimic the real world. We can talk in the metaverse. We can write (or type, rather) and read text. Also, we can use body language and gestures. Additionally, we can communicate via visuals. But the metaverse is a technology extension to the real world. Therefore, there will be even more options for people to interact in the metaverse.

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Before delving deep into the topic, you may want to refresh on or learn about what the metaverse is.

Historically, we have been using four major types of communication: verbal, written, visual, and nonverbal. We speak and listen and that’s how we communicate verbally. We write and read. Sometimes we use visuals like photos, images, drawings, sketches, graphs, and charts to convey information. Another way to communicate with others, often subconsciously, is via nonverbal cues like gestures, body language, and facial expressions.

Since the metaverse is a technology-enabled environment, there is a fifth type of interaction – technological. There are things the system knows about us and can assist us with. For example, selecting an option from a list, which may be offered by the technology or pushing a button to confirm an action.

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Verbal Interactions in the Metaverse

Talking in the metaverse won’t be very different from our current experience in audio conferencing tools. It’ll be like a Zoom call but instead of yourself, the video will be of your avatar. That way you’ll always look your best!

The voice will be yours unless you’d want it altered. In that case, there’s plenty of voice-altering technology to help change your tone or the pitch or to add distortion to your voice. I won’t be surprised if you can also change accents, that’d be cool.

Written Interactions in the Metaverse

We’ll still resort to reading and writing every now and then. Indeed, we’d need a means for asynchronous communication in the metaverse. Whether timezone differences, work and family commitments, or just wishing to leave an unobtrusive message, we’ll write that message for someone to read. Similar to current apps, we’d have different levels of security to our messages. There’ll be private and public messaging but there will be notes on the fridge/wall in the metaverse as well.

Visual Interactions in the Metaverse

‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Indeed, we use photos, images, drawings, graphs, and charts while presenting. Also, emojis and gifs have become such an important part of our messages and posts. Furthermore, videos have grown in popularity tremendously, being a quick and easy way to communicate a concept, combining all four types of communication into one.

Nonverbal Interactions in the Metaverse

We use gestures, facial expressions, and body language (willingly or unwillingly) to convey information to others. And we may still have some of that in the metaverse. Well, excluding the facial expressions. Gestures will still be possible to see. The body language, though, may be controlled by the user. Meaning the user may set up their avatar’s posture in a certain way. Which, at the end of the day, will make us less perceptive to those cues.

Technical Interactions in the Metaverse

After so many years of using drop-downs, menus, buttons, links, and drag & drop functionality, we’d be amiss to not incorporate it into the metaverse. For example, a predefined or a guided interaction may require making a few quick selections before moving ahead. Therefore, elements of the web we know it will probably make their way into the metaverse. They won’t be the norm, though.

To summarize, the metaverse will merge the real world with technology, bringing together technology, verbal, written, visual, and nonverbal ways for people to interact in the metaverse. The result, hopefully, will be a better understanding of and between each other.

Simply Flows is the first ever company to offer virtual assistants in the metaverse. Check out what we’re building here.

What the Metaverse is not

There’s so much hype about the metaverse. Companies sharing news about solutions they are building. People talking and arguing what the metaverse really is. We’ve also chimed in with an article exploring the topic. But with all this talk comes a lot of confusion. Let’s debunk some of the myths about the metaverse, shall we?

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10 Misconceptions: Debunked

⭕ It’s not owned by Meta (formerly Facebook). They are just one of the companies building their own metaverse. This is a very important point. Since there isn’t a single metaverse, there isn’t a single owner of it, too. If history and economic theories are any guide, there will be quite a few instances before the market saturation point and the logical consolidation afterwards.

💰 It’s not yet another crypto. Although many of the solutions offer coins or tokens, crypto is not a mandatory part of the metaverse. Indeed, some solutions have their crypto coins listed. While others have only issued tokens as a means of internal payments.

🎮 Believe it or not, it’s not a game. True, games were the first use case, but but we’re well beyond just games now.

🥳 There’re a lot more opportunities in the metaverse than just entertainment. True, its immersive experience is great for events, conferences, job fairs, etc. But looking at the companies announcing metaverse solutions, we’re talking serious business here.

3️⃣ It’s not necessarily a 3D-only experience. You can enjoy the 2D as well.

🥽 VR/AR/MR headsets are great to have but not mandatory. Neither are goggles but an XR emoji doesn’t exist yet. 😊

🧒 It’s not only suited for Gen Z and after. Adults are also welcome.

😱 For all Snow Crash fans and regular skeptics, the metaverse is not a bad thing. Neither is it the beginning of the end. By the way, the word ‘metaverse’ was coined by Snow Crash’s author – Neal Stephenson. He envisioned the metaverse as the successor to the internet.

🆕 It’s not even that new! Remember Second Life? That game came out in 2003! Another, more recent example, is Roblox, which was released in 2006. A note for the younger readers: Second Life was a platform where people, using an avatar for themselves, would lead a second life in a virtual world.

🌐 And last but not least, it’s not a replacement of the web but an evolution, rather.

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The Change is Happening

How we work and interact with each other and with technology has been changing for some time. The pandemic pushed us a few years (decades) forward. Obviously, we need to meet, collaborate, and socialize in new ways. And the metaverse promises to solve exactly that – to enable immersive, next-to-real, and productive interactions. Cannot wait to see what the future holds!

Simply Flows: Virtual Assistants in the Metaverse

We are thrilled to announce that Simply Flows is the first company ever to offer virtual assistants in the metaverse! Customers can ‘hire’ and ‘train’ virtual assistants to perform mundane tasks for them. They can also customize their virtual assistants by changing the names, avatars, and appearances.


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We are super excited to share this first sneak peek of the virtual assistants metaverse we’re building.

The Future Office is… in the Metaverse

The metaverse is the true evolution of how we work and interact with each other. Even more importantly, the metaverse offers a truly new way to use technology. As we know, the future of work entails humans doing their jobs alongside the digital workforce. There is no way around it. Also, there is no point of pushing back or insisting on the old ways. Currently, our experiences are limited to web and desktop applications. Additionally, the digital workforce is called ‘bots’, ‘robots’, ‘zaps’, ‘workflows’, etc. Nothing suggesting teamwork, collaboration, or even remote acceptance. Therefore, we’ve set out to build an immersive experience for people and human-like appearance of the virtual assistants. In short, we’ll bring the two ends of the spectrum together into a new reality.

It’s been a remarkable journey of building a no-code solution for process automation. Having all the pieces in place, and looking at where technology is going, we’ve decided to expand to the metaverse. We are extending our powerful engine for automated process workflows into the metaverse. Indeed, not only is it the future of technology, it is also the future of work and the future of the office.

Virtual Assistants in the Metaverse

Join our Discord community to follow our progress, to take part in shaping the first-ever virtual assistants metaverse, and to get rewards. We take each and every piece of feedback to heart. Also, we promise to stay on top of technology at all times. Surely, it’s going to be an awesome journey. So, come and make that leap with us!

Interested in learning more about the metaverse? Have a look at our blog posts to make sense of it all.

What is Metaverse?

There doesn’t seem to be one definite answer. Companies have their own interpretations and implementations. Here’s our take on what the metaverse is and what companies like Microsoft, Nvidia, and Meta (formerly Facebook) are building.

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Metaverse: Definition and Etymology

met·a·verse /ˈmedəˌvərs/ noun COMPUTING

A virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.
What is metaverse

The word ‘metaverse’ was coined by the American writer Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash. Stephenson’s concept of the metaverse has become very popular and quite influential. Games like Quake and Immercenary, virtual reality worlds like Active Worlds and Second Life, and even Microsoft’s Xbox Live have all been influenced by Snow Crash. Actually, the book was a must-read for everyone on the Xbox development team.

Metaverse: Evolution of the Web

Now that we’ve explored the word’s definition and etymology, let’s answer the ‘What is Metaverse?’ question. In simple terms, it’s the logical evolution of the internet. It’s a fully immersive and more natural way to interact with each other and with technology. Another way to explain the metaverse is as the reality’s digital twin of people, places, things, connections, etc.

We spend most of our wake time online anyway. That won’t change. What will change, though, will be our experience. We’ll be immersed in the metaverse, whether it is a virtual, an augmented reality, or a mixture of both. What we do and how we do it will be much more natural in the metaverse. And last but not least, we’ll be able to achieve much more in the metaverse than we can currently. Just imagine replacing the cumbersome ways we interact with technology now – keyboards, mouse devices, fingers(?!) – with voice, body movement, hand gestures, brain waves even. Evidently, the possibilities are endless.

The Big Tech’s Take

We’ve analyzed some of the most innovative companies that are currently building metaverse solutions. Also, we’ve included our own interpretation.

Simply Flows’ metaverse consists of virtual assistants to hire and train at a familiar office environment. The goal is to save businesses time and money by automating their mundane tasks. Join our Discord community to follow us and get rewards.

Microsoft focuses on extending their office products. They announced Mesh in March, 2021 as a mixed reality, cross-device remote collaboration platform. Integrating virtual and mixed reality into Microsoft Teams is a great first step to enabling people to collaborate, work, or socialize in an immersive and much more engaged way.

Meta’s implementation will be a fully immersive VR platform as an extension to Facebook. Their focus will remain on people’s connections and interactions. Hopefully, this time around, they manage to amplify truth and positivity.

NVIDIA showcases their 3D engine in the Omniverse, as they call it. They plan to bring all 3D design tools into their Omniverse. Additionally, fast rendering and instantaneous graphic updates will enable collaborations on immersive visualizations and real-time simulations.

The Sandbox, Decentraland, and Roblox are 3D games, where players can create their own mini games, assets, and avatars. Also, they provide their own payment systems utilizing blockchain, crypto, and NFT. These companies’ offerings stretch beyond just a game because people can learn, work, create, and socialize on their immersive platforms. In fact, some believe Roblox to be the first real-worlds implementation of a metaverse.

Why now?

As we saw, there is a clear pattern in companies’ interpretation and implementation of a metaverse. Basically, each brand utilizes their expertise, extending their offering to a more intuitive and immersive experience. Not surprising, given that the web has been around for 33 years now and there isn’t much more it can offer.

To summarize, the metaverse holds a huge promise to change how we interact, work, and socialize. The technology is there, the need is there (further exacerbated by a 2-year pandemic), and the intent is there. All hype aside, there has never been a better time for making the metaverse leap.

To debunk some myths and confusion and to answer your questions, here’s a summary of what the metaverse is not.

Simply Flows among the ‘Startups to Watch in 2021’

Excited news! Simply Flows has been featured as one of the 15 startups to watch in 2021! Startup Grind has selected us among the companies accelerating and making an impact in their industries.

We are grateful and honored by this recognition! Startup Grind is a global community helping founders to realize their dreams. They provide various learning opportunities at conferences and summits. Also, they pair founders with mentors, assist in finding co-founders or other team members. Furthermore, they facilitate introductions to investors and networking opportunities. They hold various other local and global events throughout the year. It has been a pleasure to be part of such an active and helpful community of like-minded ‘grinders’. Therefore, we are super delighted to participate in their Accelerate Program. According to Startup Grind, the program showcases ‘a carefully curated collection of startups that are working tirelessly to reimagine the world around us.’

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Simply Flows is the streamlining platform that will transform your business. This no-code, secure cloud platform connects applications, automates labor-intensive tasks, and is entirely self-service to make your day easier. Manual data processing is a thing of the past, and with their flow technology, errors are eliminated altogether. Simply Flows makes life easier, and with their instant notifications, it’s sure to change the way you do business.’

Read more about the 15 startups to watch in 2021 here.

We are so excited for this opportunity. That is why the date of the summit, 9/15/2021, cannot come soon enough!

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Time wasted on repetitive tasks is over 40 percent!

A study found that the time wasted on repetitive tasks that could be automated is over 40 percent. Most of those are mundane tasks like data entry, copy-pasting from one application to another, and reporting. Half of them believe that is a poor use of their skills and getting in the way of doing their main job.

Automation Anywhere performed a global study in the fall of 2019. The research included data from 10,500 interviews with office workers from 11 countries around the world.

What were the top takeaways from the research?
  • Knowledge workers waste over 40% of their time on manual digital administrative processes.
  • Data entry is the most detested manual task.
  • Over 75% believe spending time on tasks that could be automated is a poor use of their skills.

The most detested manual tasks?
  • Data entry
  • Email
  • Filing documents
  • Compiling reports
  • Managing invoices

Time wasted on repetitive tasks is over 40 percent

Organizations need to take action. Indeed, 87% of the surveyed office workers believe their company should take action to automate mundane processes. 85% find a company investing in automation more attractive. And more than half, 55%, would leave their current employer if the burden of manual work becomes too high.

Not surprisingly, women spend more time on manual administrative tasks – 3.4 hours, compared to 2.8 hours for men.

To conclude, the time wasted on repetitive tasks is over 40%. That hurts employees’ job satisfaction and morale. For employers, that means wasting money, losing high-skilled people, and missing on opportunities to grow and innovate.

Read more about this study.

Find out how Simply Flows can help in automating your repetitive tasks and streamlining your processes. Let us handle the busywork, while you focus on the high-value work! You can ‘hire’ your digital workers today! Simply sign up, find a template (or create your own workflow), connect to your apps and… sit back and enjoy! It’s that simple!

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