In another unusual year for Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, in which even the organizers of the GSMA said the trade show felt “immaterial” amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a trend provide a compelling Vision for the future that could benefit humanity. in a tangible way.
Several companies showed their vision of mirror worlds or digital twins that realistically represent our entire planet. During a panel discussion on Thursday at MWC, Tommy Bjjorkberg, director of ZTE, said that digital twins are one of the “key elements that can help make the planet greener.
A stunning example that could already have amazing real-world applications is Nvidia’s Earth 2 digital twin project, which is powered by company’s Omniverse, its version of Metaverse. It is a simulation of the entire planet that will greatly improve climate modeling. It goes way beyond that.
Another panel-attendant at MWC, Unity VP of AR & VR Timoni West, said she believes digital twin projects will harness the “wealth of real-time contextual information” to reach the next phase of computer evolution in the next 50 years . It’s a development, she said, where computers will interact with us on human level through vastly-advanced “object recognition & semantic analysis.”
The term “mirror world,” used to describe a similar representation of the world in virtual reality (VR) & augmented reality (AR), was first coined by WIRED founding editor Kevin Keeley in an op-ed that he wrote about future applications of technology. He described a large-scale digital representation of the world that would become the next generation of Internet platforms. Primitive versions of this mirror world already exist as augmented reality apps that map digital objects using GPS satellite data. The most popular example so far is the 2016 hit Pokémon Go.
Metaverse-powered by digital twin & mirror world projects were a big trend at Mobile World Congress this year, and they’re evolving at an increasingly accelerated rate, providing crucial innovations. While Meta may have big plans for the future, other companies are leading the way with practical, real-world applications that will bring greater focus to the benefits of the digital world in the coming months and years.