Rima Abdul-Malak, Minister of Culture and Jean-Noël Barrot, Delegate Minister responsible for Digital Transition and Telecommunications communicate the exploratory report on the development of the metaverse. This mission was commissioned in February and led by Camille François, a researcher at Columbia University.
The first committee
The mission strives to provide the keys to understanding to clarify the debate and capture emerging opportunities. Thus, the government wants to understand the dangers posed by the metaverse and unite the French players around a common horizon. To carry out this study, more than 80 personalities were consulted: entrepreneurs specializing in virtual reality and blockchain, cultural actors, artists, video game professionals, researchers in social sciences, artificial intelligence and computer science..
“This report of the exploratory mission on metaverses covers all the issues related to the development of these new digital spaces and shows to what extent creators are called to play a pioneering role in defining their full potential. comments Rima Abdul-Malak, Minister of Culture. The Ministry of Culture will rely on these recommendations to support these new uses and implement an ambitious strategy to support the creation, innovation and distribution of works in these digital spaces.“.
A dozen suggestions
“Metaverses will be crucial to the future of digital and Web3, for which France must play a leading role at global level relying on knowledge, world industrial leaders and an exemplary entrepreneurial spirit“, comments Jean-Noël Barrot, minister delegate responsible for Digital Transition and Telecommunications.
In this way, the government report mentions several levers of action, such as taking advantage of the possibility of the metaverse regain leadership positions in global digital services, in France and in Europe. It also aims to start the work of adapting European texts (RGDP, Digital Services Act, Digital Markets Act) to the challenges of the metaverse. Next, the government wants to analyze the metaverse value chains in order to guide strategic investment areas and limit risks of loss of sovereignty or value leakage. On the occasion of the 2024 Olympics, the Ministries of Culture and Digital Transition wish to unite French metaverse actors around various cultural projects and the expansion of territory and heritage.
The organization of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris would bring together French metaverse specialists
The government hopes to highlight various services by allowing the arrival of a host of metaverses. He wants too fulfill the objectives of cultural and technological sovereignty by supporting French technological structures and cultural institutions. Another lever for action is that of reinvesting in bodies for negotiating technical standards, to ensure that France and its players participate in discussions on diving technologies. This mission report also informs supporting interdisciplinary research initiatives to simultaneously develop experimental metaverses driven by societal needs (culture, health, education, environment) and socio-technical risk assessment tools through empirical studies.
The government plans to establish a computer research lab dedicated to the immersive arts.
of creation of a research and coordinating institute, in the model of Ircam (institute of musical acoustic research and coordination) is one of the projects. It would simultaneously become a computer research laboratory dedicated to immersive arts, a place of coordination between researchers and artists for the creation of innovative immersive works in the metaverse, in addition to constituting an expertise desk for all interested cultural institutions. Finally, after this report, the government intends to explore eco-responsible solutions and develop a system for measuring the environmental impact of metaverse infrastructures.