If thearrival of metaverse will create new professions and will force companies to actively seek new specialized professionals, the new digital world being built will only be the latest stage in a revolution brought about by blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies have indeed exploded the search for experts in recent years: according to a survey of job offers on LinkedIn for the American market, researches relating to fintech – financial technology – have experienced a 395% boom. Moreover, the Internet of the future is already here: after the era of the pioneers (web 1) and its user-friendly version focused on social networks (web 2.0), the new evolution will be Web3. It will rest on the connectivity, immersiveness and decentralization, that is, it will be a maxi-container of several metaverses whose architecture will be supported by the blockchain – independent and decentralized databases that act as certificates of authenticity and security for information digital. Consider a real virtual city divided into districts, where everything that happens (especially commercial transactions) is faithfully documented.
Thanks to these characteristics, the blockchain has become a technology with a transversal impact in many sectors, starting from finance (which occupies 38% of current blockchain applications, cryptocurrencies for example) and reaching industries such as art and media (7%), agri-food (6%) and logistics (5%). But blockchain remains a concept removed from everyday life for many of us: according to research conducted by theOsservatorio Blockchain & Distributed Ledger from the Politecnico of Milan, 46% of respondents say they are aware of the concept of cryptocurrency but have never bought one, 21% say they have bought one in the past (4%) or intend to buy one future (17%). Only 8% of them say they already own cryptocurrencies.
“Behind all the hot phenomena such as cryptocurrencies, NFT (non-fungible token) and metaverse, there is blockchain technology. This is a new paradigm that we will probably see come to fruition in the coming decades: but for now, it is as if we are explorers of new continents. Each of these continents is a metaverse, some will be websites, some will be virtual reality worlds, some will be augmented reality worlds: we don’t yet know which one we will reach and which one will actually be habitable. It is certain that to reach these ‘unknown lands’, it takes courage and knowledge, the very ones that we teach our students every day in the field of programming at aulab”, says Giancarlo Valente, technical director of aulabthe first Coding Factory in Italy, which set up the course Hackademy and which, in just three months, allows you to acquire all the skills necessary to launch a career in web development, even from scratch. In short, a starting point to specialize in the most popular future professions for companies that will work in the metaverse.
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This category will soon be added to the traditional distinctions of Front-End, Back-End and Full-Stack developer. The Web3 developer should have all the basic skills of web developers. The only difference will be his specialization: in the case of Web3 developers, his favorite subjects will be related to the blockchain and its different “standards”.
Unlike more traditional versions of the web where control of digital environments and data is in the hands of the creator of the platform, the real blockchain revolution is to give every user the ability to control it. From this point of view, Web3 guarantees greater security of data and digital assets, but at this stage of evolution in the history of technologies, the architecture of Web3 remains perfectible. For this reason, one of the most relevant professions in the development of the blockchain-based metaverse will certainly be that of cybersecurity experts: these professionals will have the task of secure Web3 environments controlled by the blockchain and to ensure that the systems already implemented effectively guarantee the tightness of the “chain”.
Virtual and augmented reality designers
The most complete experience of the metaverse is that created by virtual and augmented reality technologies. Just as the explosion of the web has led to the rise of the web designer, the metaverse opens new perspectives for professionals who develop and implement virtual and augmented reality environments. These methods and skills come from the world of video games, for example, and require not only a 2D navigation experience but also 3D environments that interact with the physical dimension of the real world and offline. Web3 designers will play a key role in the “shaping” of new digital spaces that we will live.
As it becomes more consolidated, Web3 will become a crucial center of evolution for businesses of all types and sizes. As both a theoretical and practical expert, the innovation manager will therefore have the mission of helping these companies to exploit the opportunities of the metaverse and the blockchainby carrying out digitization and transformation processes to renew business models and thus open up new business opportunities in unexplored spaces.
Digital art has so far struggled to become a viable business, as it was very easy to reproduce and therefore difficult to attribute uniqueness, ownership and value to it. Thanks to the blockchain, new certificates of ownership of digital assets such as works of pixel art or other forms of digital creativity have been developed. Cryptographic tokens – the NFTs, thus allow artists, also called crypto-artists, to create certificates of authenticity of digital works to sell them to enthusiasts and collectors as on the traditional art market, but obviously paid in cryptocurrency.