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Is the Facebook metaverse dangerous?

Louis Rosenberg, the computing pioneer who worked on the first augmented reality system for the US Air Force, is very concerned about this new technology at the ‘platform providers’ who will have the metaverse infrastructure.

Metaverso is an immersive virtual reality environment in which people can interact with users and the artificial world around them. And there are not a few voices that are expressing their concerns with the idea that brings us a little closer to the science fiction that many of us read.

The metaverse has huge implications: it has fantastic advantages and somewhat terrifying dangers. The data they will generate will be vast and extremely valuable. And we need a very robust system to keep an eye on it, David Reid, a professor of artificial intelligence and space computing at Liverpool Hope University, said in a press release a few days ago.

For Rosenberg, for his part, integrating virtual reality and augmented reality and having people interact in the digital world during a significant part of their day, could “alter our sense of reality” and distort “how we interpret our experiences direct daily “. “Our environment will be filled with people, places, objects and activities that do not really exist and yet will seem deeply authentic to us,” the scientist wrote.

Another prominent figure on this scene, Frances Haugen, Facebook’s ‘deep throat’ (who in September 2021 disclosed tens of thousands of internal Facebook documents to the US Securities and Exchange Commission and The Wall Street Journal) , has also warned that the ‘metaverse’, the virtual reality world at the heart of the growth strategy of the social media giant, will be addictive, rob people of more personal information and give the company another monopoly on the Internet.

“Facebook should have lost the right to make its own decisions. A regulator should be there giving prior approval for everything they do. The amount of damage they have done is incalculable,” added Roger McNamee, one of the first investors in Facebook who Since then he has become very critical of the company.

 

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Some things associated with the metaverse are likely to be more attractive and practical than others. Playing video games seems like a reasonable leap . The idea of being able to socialize or meet others and feel like you are really there with others in person would also enhance the gaming experience, especially in times like we’ve been through in a pandemic.

As a curiosity, the science fiction writer Neal Stephenson (author, among other novels of Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash) is credited with creating the word ‘metaverse’ as a successor to the Internet.

 

Facebook explains what the metaverse is : “The ‘metaverse’ is a set of virtual spaces where you can play, work and communicate with other people who are not in the same physical space as you. You can hang out with friends, work, play, learn, shop, create and more. It’s not necessarily about spending more time online, it’s about making time spent online more meaningful. “

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