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Metaverse: Looney Times, Arriba, Arriba… Ándale, Ándale!

By Pol Chain | Metaverso | 2 Dec 2021

Speedy You, the rocket-legged human lab mouse, it’s time to be ready to dive into this ever-greater virtuality for a new adventure. Q&A sharing…

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Who created the Metaverse?
Science fiction author Neal Stephenson coined the term metaverse in his 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, presenting a 3D virtual world in which people, represented as avatars, could interact with each other and artificially intelligent agents (The Conversation).

What exactly is the Metaverse?
It’s a combination of multiple elements of technology, including virtual reality, augmented reality, and video where users “live” within a digital universe (USA Today). The metaverse (defined as interconnected virtual realities) doesn’t exist yet. But gaming seems to be a logical first step for the concept (The Motley Fool).

Is there a metaverse?
Fully, not yet. “Metaverse is a concept, it’s not a product” Rui Chen, CEO Bilibili (Business Insider).

Who owns the MetaverseNobody, yet. Facebook, Microsoft, Zoom, Amazon, Roblox, Epic Games, Nike and the Big Techs are pugnacious about it. And they’ll reign if they’re let.

Who controls the metaverse?
The concept of the metaverse offers more questions than answers when it comes to international tech regulation. In a virtual world, who is the governing body of the metaverse? How do companies protect the privacy, facial recognition, and personal data of metaverse users? (Tech Radar)

What is Metaverse Cryptocurrency?
There’s no universal crypto like dollars, yet. Decentraland, Sandbox (SAND), ATLAS and Enjin (ENJ) are among the few tokens that are used now (Cryptopolitan)

Is metaverse the next Internet?
Mark Zuckerberg says the metaverse is not just the next chapter of his company: it’s the next chapter of the internet. (NPR)

What is the point of metaverse?
Buy, sell, live, die. For now, the metaverse is mostly the hope of a few, a speculation, a fantasy with many gaps to let the chill winds of the unknown to blow through. (Mashable)

Is there any property on sale in the Metaverse?
Metaverse property is the first virtual real estate company in the world, offering exposure to the burgeoning industry of virtual land via the metaverses. We facilitate the buying and selling of virtual property along with a full suite of services that are provided by pioneers of the blockchain and non-fungible token (NFT) industry. (Metaverse Property)

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Who am I in the Metaverse?
A customizable avatar that can move, speak, and/or perform animated actions (…) Recent advances in virtual reality have enabled users to truly embody their fantastical avatars, seeing through their virtual eyes and using hand-tracking controllers to gesture and interact with virtual items (ARS Technica)

Will there be pollution in the metaverse?
Yes, lots of it inside and outside it will contaminate the real universe.

What’s the frontier between Real Reality and the Virtual Reality of the Metaverse?
You should know that nobody knows, yet. The boundaries between public and private and work and leisure were moved. Thus, the limits between real reality and virtual reality will be moved.


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