The Metaverse has been peddled as a futuristic place where we all — sitting in our living rooms with goggles strapped to our noggins — can interact, buy things, date, and more in a virtual world.
But what if, in addition to being a place, the Metaverse also represents something else: a point in time when we live more in the digital world than we do in the physical one?
Such a moment is a long-held theory among the augmented reality community, including Louis Rosenberg, a 30-year veteran of AR development and the CEO of Unanimous AI.
Although virtual reality and AR are both key aspects of the Metaverse structure, it’s AR glasses that will become ubiquitous within 10 years, replacing the cell phone as our primary means of interacting with digital content.
That’s the moment when the lines between the real and digital worlds will blur more than ever before. Once you present a virtual object that is indistinguishable from a physical one, that’s the last step.
We’ve seen points in time like this before, like how the printing press revolutionized how we share information or the telephone how we can communicate across distances.
Fast forward to the smartphone age, and “we use our phones more times than we speak to our spouse,” Vipp Jaswal, CEO of Interpersonal Intelligence Advisory — a consulting firm that looks at human behavior across real and digital platforms — told Business Insider.
You’ll go to the store, and you won’t be able to see the prices on things” if you don’t have AR glasses.
The Metaverse itself is the point in time and is the name given to the transition moment when the virtual landscape becomes more “real” than the natural world. In Hebrew, Meta means death.
That moment to the singularity theory in the world of artificial intelligence, posits that the time could come when AI becomes smarter than humans.
Social media’s woes will be amplified in this futuristic virtual world. Polarization, divisiveness, and misinformation will grow tenfold, and now the Metaverse will fracture back reality ones and for all.
Being in this Metaverse will be a bigger part of our lives than being in the outside world, Rosenberg said. And there are all kinds of things that are terrifying about that.
Business Insider Blog / ABC Flash Point News 2021.