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TECH 09 — Introduction to the Metaverse and Its Applications

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Oct 1
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 24
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $270
Instructor(s): Ahmed Banafa
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Oct 1
1 day
Refund Date
Sep 24
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Ahmed Banafa
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The metaverse is a hot topic in technology, with many tech giants like Meta and Microsoft staking claims to its future. Author Neal Stephenson is credited with coining "the metaverse" in his 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash, which featured lifelike avatars living in 3D buildings and virtual reality environments. Since then, technological developments have fostered a clearer metaverse definition: a graphically rich virtual space where people can work, play, shop, and socialize—in short, do the things humans like to do together in real life. As it expands, the metaverse could offer a hyperreal alternate world (or parallel universe) that shapes the way future humans interact.

In this course, you will explore the metaverse through an examination of its brief history and a comparative study of related constructs like Web 3.0, the next iteration of the internet relying on a philosophy of decentralization. We’ll also examine the relationship between the metaverse and blockchain, cryptocurrency, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by using real-life examples and case studies. Applications of the metaverse in online education, entertainment, ecommerce, manufacturing, retail, books, movies, and more will be presented. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the metaverse and its components, as well as possible applications, and will be able to glimpse the future direction of this exciting new realm.

Professor of Engineering, San Jose State

Ahmed Banafa’s work focuses on blockchain, the Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. He is the author of two books, Secure and Smart Internet of Things (IoT): Using Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain Technology and Applications. Banafa studied electrical engineering at Lehigh University.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.