What is the MagicVerse (and why?)
Publication/Creation DateFebruary 23 2019
DescriptionIn 2018, the Magic Leap team and I introduced the concept of the Magicverse. One of the inspiration points for our vision was Walt Disney’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, an unfinished concept he was developing before he died. His vision was one of unbridled optimism, possibility, and emerged during the great space race to the moon in the 1960s. One of his ideas, a “real city that would never cease to be a blueprint of the future” now has the opportunity to take flight and come to life all around the world.
The Magicverse is an Emergent System of Systems bridging the physical with the digital, in a large scale, persistent manner within a community of people. The Magicverse is dynamic, alive, and a home for the endless creative expressions of human life. It can also become a fabric that binds a community together through shared public services. Spatial computing creates the power of place, of physicality with digital together. The Magicverse of a specific place (ex: a city) also defines a communal value for the digital resources of that place and community, in the same way that a physical place may important natural resources and geography. The Magicverse also evokes a paradox of place, an idea first raised by Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, in that spatial computing can amplify the reach, presence, and economic strength of a physical place well beyond its limited physical geography.
One of the conditions to enable the Magicverse is the hundreds of billions of dollars of new infrastructure to create high-speed network & edge computing zones in modern cities across many countries. 5G (and what follows it) are major components of what feels like a new, spatial internet.
Date archivedMarch 15 2019
Last editedNovember 7 2019