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The term metaverse can broadly include virtual reality, which is characterised by persistent virtual worlds, as well as augmented reality that combines aspects of the digital and physical worlds. The metaverse enables people to have real time interactions and experiences across distance.

To understand the concepts of a metaverse, think of it as the next generation of the Internet that may provide a more immersive virtual experience. Many companies that have embraced the metaverse envisage that it would bring about some sort of new digital economy, where users can create, buy, and sell goods.

The promise of an interoperable metaverse is that it could provide a greater convergence of our digital and physical lives in wealth, socialisation, productivity, shopping, and entertainment. The ideal virtual paradise is open and seamless where users and business are able to bring their digital assets across metaverses.

However, as there are many competing platforms with propriety protocols, the end-user may not be able to easily move their avatar from one world and use it in the other easily. Without metaverse interoperability due to social, businesses, design and technical challenges, it may end up a digital nightmare in navigation. Additionally, as the experience of virtual worlds and digital commerce in the metaverse grow in scope and scale, virtual crimes such as assault and theft may become a serious issue.