Lain, it is possible to translate ones body
into the Wired. The same is true of the "Metaverse"
in Snow Crash. Snow Crashs Metaverse
is essential a set of protocols. The same can be said for
the Wired, as users look forward to the new "Protocol
7," which will change the way in which the Wired is
used because it will link the Wired and the "real world"
together. In both of these representations of "cyber
space," the user can digitally place himself in that
environment. In Snow Crash, these are called "avatars."
Lain does not really specify how people like Lain
are able to appear in the Wired as an avatar-like being.
However, it is assumed that Lain is able to do so in part
by obtaining advanced upgrades to her Navi. This is also
true of Snow Crash. Depending on ones technological
knowledge, specifically coding, one can use a detailed avatar
in the Metaverse. Some avatars can be store-bought, while
other low-end avatars are simple black-and-white beings.
In both situations, the user can create his own persona
with the use of avatars. The representation of avatar-like
beings in Lains Wired could perhaps be a way
of showing what the Internet holds in the near future.