Why the Pandemic is Kickstarting A Revolution in Spatial Computing

by Aether Engine, Virtual Events

Historically, the rate that humans adapt to new ideas and technologies has been overstated. Whether it’s cost, fear, practicality or lack of necessity, no-one really wants to be the canary down the mine unless they have no other option. That’s not to deny the reality of technical acceleration or the notion that supercomputing power is growing exponentially – it is simply to observe true paradigm shifts tend to be less frequent or rapid than we might believe. So when do they happen? And how can a ‘disruptive startup’ not just adapt to such a change, but also lead the charge into redefining a “new normal”?

The Covid-19 pandemic represents an inflexion point in human behaviour as government legislation pushes us to an increasingly remote world, forcing us to change and adopt new technology that mirrors our physical world and its behaviour online. 

Spatial Computing and the Metaverse

Originally conceived as a ‘virtual reality successor to the internet’, the metaverse in its modern sense of the word is a virtual space designed for socialising. Today, it is often conflated – somewhat justifiably – with the game worlds of MMOs, which increasingly provide a social platform and an opportunity for people to engage with one another across distributed locations. 

Now we are seeing the metaverse extend further into settings that once seemed unimaginable. Just twelve months ago, the metaverse in a corporate setting may have seemed fanciful, or at the very least unnecessary, but current restrictions render it counterproductive not to engage with the idea. A virtual world can offer many of the benefits of face to face interaction, replicating events, conferences and even offices. 

The metaverse is evolving beyond just an escape from reality to somewhere that we work, learn and socialise. At a startup promising high-performance distributed computing, it is crucial to understand the way its practical application is changing in line with current shifts in work and social patterns.

Aether Engine was designed to showcase the benefits of spatial simulation when instilled with the distributed properties of Hadean. It references spatial coordinates and allocates more processing power to regions that are computationally intensive, enabling virtual worlds of unprecedented scale. Whereas the route to market for such technology might have been through gaming or another specific use case in a market considered the cutting edge of tech, the current pandemic is ushering in a new wave of innovation that will result in mainstream adoption of distributed spatial computing.

The metaverse is only the tip of the iceberg. Current circumstances have seen the traditional iterative model of technological advancement usurped in favour of a dramatic shift, but distributed spatial simulation is already being explored within a host of other circumstances that imitate our physical world – from modelling pathogens through to simulating financial markets. For us at Hadean, a startup looking to lead a technical revolution in these unprecedented times, the objective is to democratise this technology and find the right application for the here and now.