Maybe the Metaverse Will Be a Moment in Time

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Even those people who are involved in creating what they believe will be the metaverse have trouble defining it in a way that makes sense to the average person. I think that's because we don't know what the metaverse will be.

Most of what you read about it is about technology and created places. Lots of talk of VR and AR devices and uncomfortable goggles on your head. Places like Minecraft, Roblox, or whatever the Facebook/Meta will be.  

I recently encountered the idea that metaverse might be a moment in time. That idea was posted on Twitter by Shaan Puri. His idea - and it's just that for now - is that while people are thinking of the metaverse as a place - like the book and movie Ready Player One - it might be more like another idea of "the singularity."

The singularity is a hypothetical point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization. "Singularity" has been used in several contexts but John von Neumann was first to use it in the technological context. Some people fear the singularity seeing it as a point when AI becomes smarter than humans.

Does it frighten you to think any digital life could be worth more than a real physical life? It frightened Stephen Hawking. It frightens Elen Musk. How can it be a timerather than some tech invention or one place someone created online? That idea of a moment is decieving. It won't be a moment that can be marked with a pushpin on a timeline. When did the Internet begin? Was it a moment in time or a gradual process of change? Have we been moving to the singularity of the metaverse for a few decades?

Do you feel that our online identities, experiences, relationships, and some assets already exist in some digital world?

Maybe the metaverse will not be a technological invention or a place but a point in time only observable after it occurs.



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