A book about the Metaverse that raises more questions than it answers

QUESTIONS YOU MAY NOT WANT TO ANSWER

THE METAVERSE: AND HOW IT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE EVERYTHING BY MATTHEW BALL (2022) 435 PAGES ★★★★☆

This is how a gaming company imagines the Metaverse. Would anyone over the age of fourteen want to spend time in such an environment? Image: Unit 2 Games Limited — VentureBeat

A TONGUE-TWISTING DEFINITION OF THE METAVERSE

THE COMPANIES AT THE FOREFRONT IN DEVELOPING THE METAVERSE

An image from the 2022 version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which the author cites as one of the most advanced current apps incorporating 3D Virtual Reality that prefigure the Metaverse. Image: Xbox Advisor

OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS

  1. Will the Metaverse swallow up the Internet as we know it today, or simply represent a new, three-dimensional layer atop the Internet? Or, for that matter, something entirely independent of it?
  2. Will an independent, nonprofit entity come into being to write and administer the standards for the Metaverse, as is the case with the Internet today? Or will it become solely controlled by profit-making corporations?
  3. Which, if any, of the big companies now investing heavily in the Metaverse will emerge bigger and stronger? And will any of them shrink to second-class status (or even go out of business)?
  4. Will it be necessary to don Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality headsets or goggles to enter the Metaverse? Or will some form of brain-to-computer interface emerge as a less intrusive alternative?

A GRIM WORD OF WARNING

THE ROADBLOCKS ON THE WAY TO THE METAVERSE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Ball. Image: Gabor Jurina

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