Nvidia’s Omniverse might be crucial for saving the planet.
During a panel discussion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Nvidia’s Senior Vice President of Telecommunications, Ronnie Vasishta, explained how the company intends to “take the argument out of climate change” by giving a precise like-for-like simulation called “Earth 2”.
To do so, it’s going to use an engine that has already helped BMW to enhance its factory production and Ericsson to enhance its 5G rollout.
In stark contrast, Chris Weasler, head of special initiatives at Meta, additionally speaking at MWC 2022, stated the version of metaverse from his company — previously Facebook — “isn’t going to happen overnight” and that it requires “great advancements in network latency, symmetrical bandwidth and overall speed of networks.”
Seeing Vasishta and Weasler speaking side-by-side painted a image of a company looking to the future and any other that is already seeing its version of the metaverse enhance the world in tangible ways. It’s a state of flux reflected by the truth that Meta these days lost users for the first time in its history, resulting to it being overtaken in the list of largest companies in the U.S. by Nvidia after the social media company’s worth plumetted.
What is the Omniverse?
Meta’s Weasler said that “in the next 10 years, it’d be awesome if we could bring a billion humans onto the metaverse”, driving millions of dollars for the ecosystem. The idea is that a lot of work is required to meet the metaverse’s potential. By contrast, Nvidia’s Vasishta focused at the ways that the Omniverse is already assisting companies which include Ericsson and BMW to simulate actual processes with unprecedented accuracy, permitting them to enhance productivity and innovation.
As Vasishta explained during his speech on the MWC, the Omniverse simulates the actual world in photorealistic graphics, however it is “much greater than a gaming engine” and it “obeys the laws of physics” exactly to permit companies to carry out tests in real-time.
With Nvidia’s digital twin projects, the company created a like-for-like version of a car factory for BMW in the Omniverse, permitting it to test person components in an nearly real-life setting. As Nvidia points out in the video above, Omniverse offers BMW the ability to collaborate and simulate to enhance complete plant processes in addition to minute engineering details.
Ericsson has used the omniverse to test and optimize its 5G deployment, testing metrics in real-time. Ericsson has constructed city-scale models which are physically accurate down to the materials of the buildings, permitting them to simulate 5G signal quality around a whole city.
The next step? Nvidia is making a “digital twin” of the whole planet, known as Earth-2, in the omniverse for climate modeling. “Hopefully,” Vasishta said, “we would be able to take the argument out of climate change by having an precise prediction.” This immensely realistic capable for Nvidia’s version of the metaverse sets it aside from other companies, which includes Meta, that are presently still making plans far ahead and touting the increased connectivity of the metaverse above all else.