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Will the metaverse transform our world as the internet did? Is it a real thing or just techno-hype? Some metaverse descriptions sound like "The Matrix" movie come to real life, with people interacting with each other, buildings, bridges, and cars in cyberspace. (See link.) It's hard to imagine, but the World Wide Web was beyond my imagination when I used a slide rule to calculate bridge truss loads.
What should engineers expect from the metaverse 10 or 20 years from now?