Facebook and it's Metaverse
Maybe I just don't get it. Maybe there is some level of 11th-dimensional chess where this makes perfect sense. But when I see headline like this, I can't help but think that Facebook is being run by evil morons.
Oh, good. The Metaverse doesn't HAVE TO BE a dystopian nightmare.
It IS a dystopian nightmare, but it doesn't HAVE to be.
I guess someone could always change their mind.
The first thing to understand is that Zuckerberg didn't invent the term Metaverse. He stole it from Neal Stephenson, who wrote his novel "Snow Crash" back in the early 90's.
People like Zuckerberg, who thrill at the thought of a metaverse as described in such works of science fiction as Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, are missing the point of those books, Hanke noted.
“I’m a fan of the metaverse as a work of fiction,” he said. “But if you read all the way to the end—I’m not sure everyone who’s been talking about it has read to the end—you know the world in those books is this horrible place.”
Instead of offering this “soda straw,” Hanke hopes technology will make lives easier, better for real-world human interactions, and more fun—and not be a digital replacement for a sad reality.
“Let’s pause a moment here and ask the question: Is that the future we want to build?” Hanke asked.
The scary thing is that maybe Zuckerberg actually did sit down and think deeply about that question and decided "Hell yeh! Fuck the future generations."
A facility of computers in the desert runs the metaverse, and the novel’s characters hang out inside the simulation because their real lives are boring or difficult. No such entity exists today, of course, just as no real product even approximates the rough idea—drawn from Stephenson or William Gibson or Philip K. Dick—of having people jack into a virtual, parallel reality with goggles or brain implants. Ironically, these writers clearly meant to warn us off those dreams, rather than inspire them.
It’s absurd but telling that the inspiration for the metaverse was meant as satire. Just as OZY Media misinterprets Shelley, so Zuck and crew misconstrue metaverse fiction. In Snow Crash, as in other cyberpunk stories (including the 1995 Kathryn Bigelow film Strange Days), the metaverse comes across as intrinsically dangerous. The book’s title refers to a digital drug for denizens of the metaverse, with harmful neurological effects that extend outside it.
On the lighter side, the main character of the book has the best character name evah - Hiro Protagonist.