Introduction to the Metaverse and Its Applications

Introduction to the Metaverse and Its Applications

Course Information

Course Title Introduction to the Metaverse and Its Applications Instructor Prof. Ahmed Banafa
Course Date(s) Saturday, Jan 28th, 2023, and Feb 4th, 2023,
10:00AM – 1:00 PM PT
Duration 2 Sessions, 3 hours each
Format Live Online (zoom), – Lecture will be recorded for students to review Tuition $75
    Refund Deadline Friday, Jan 27th, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
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Course Summary

The term Metaverse is a hot topic of conversation recently, with many tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft staking claims. Author Neal Stephenson is credited with coining the term "metaverse" in his 1992 science fiction novel "Snow Crash," in which he envisioned lifelike avatars who live in realistic 3D buildings and other virtual reality environments. Since then, various developments have reached milestones on the way toward a real Metaverse: an online virtual world which incorporates augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), 3D holographic avatars, video, and other means of communication. As the Metaverse expands, it will offer a hyper-real alternative world or what comic fans call a parallel universe. After this course, you will be able to answer the question, “What is the Metaverse?” We will discuss the relationships between the Metaverse and blockchain, cryptocurrency, and NFTs. Real-life applications will be presented, and the future of the Metaverse will be explored.

No prerequisites or coding experience is required.

Course Outline

Saturday, January 28th

  • Introduction and class policies
  • What is the Metaverse?
  • Demo of the Metaverse
  • The Metaverse vs. Web 3.0
  • AR/VR and the Metaverse
  • Class Discussions

Saturday, February 4th

  • Applications of the Metaverse
  • Advantages and Challenges of the Metaverse
  • Types of the Metaverse
  • Blockchain and the Metaverse
  • Cryptocurrency and the Metaverse
  • NFTs and the Metaverse
  • Class Discussions
All attendees will receive “Attendance Certificate” in addition of 0.6 CEU

About the Instructor

Ahmed Banafa is a Professor of Engineering at San Francisco Bay University. His work focuses on blockchain, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. He is the author of three books: Secure and Smart IoT Using Blockchain AI, Blockchain Technology and Applications, and the forthcoming Quantum Computing. Banafa studied electrical engineering at Lehigh University.