As far as airplanes go, Boeing is on top of the game. If you're riding on a commercial jetliner, you're probably on a 747 International or 787-10 Dreamliner. The company is so renowned that its almost a household name, despite only being known for massive airplanes.
As a company, Boeing is aiming to keep evolving with the digital revolution that is attempting to grip everyday folk. In a new development, the company is attempting to move its work flow inside The Metaverse, the “next-gen internet” first invented in a dystopian sci-fi novel.
Boeing moves into The Metaverse
Reported by Reuters, the aerospace company will spend the next two years moving its workforce into a “digital ecosystem”. The company is hoping that a digital future will ensure an improvement in both quality and safety.
Pitched as a “factory of the future”, Boeing will combine physical robotics with virtual displays. For example, complex robotics will be working on manufacturing. On the other hand, human mechanics will make use of Microsoft HoloLens headsets to manipulate the robots.
Reuters explains that the airplane manufacturer is following in the footsteps of companies like Ford. In Ford Motor Company’s case, that means moving towards cloud-based services and artificial intelligence. In Boeing’s case, that means moving into the metaverse.
How will the metaverse help?
In order to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of new airplanes, the company aims to craft realistic replicas inside the metaverse. By building and linking “digital twin” replicas, the company can run identical simulations without wasting resources.
With 70% of airplane issues being related to design faults, the company hopes intense virtual testing will help to identify more issues than ever before. Additionally, executives hope that this method will result in better “speed... improved quality, better communication, and better responsiveness when issues occur”.
As noted in the original report, the airplane manufacturer has often touted its digital revolution. However, the response to the company’s plans have been met with heavy criticism. Will the company prove its critics wrong?