MLMM — The Metaverse

For his Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Friday Faithfuls prompt, Jim Adams wants to know what we think about the metaverse, which is a virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

I really don’t know much about the metaverse. But that doesn’t bother me at all. Besides, Jim wrote that the metaverse won’t be “ready” until about five to ten years from now, or, as some experts believe, it won’t really be ready until 2040. At my age, five to ten years from now I’ll be in my 80s (if I’m even still alive), and I’m sure I won’t still be around in 2040.

So given that, my general thoughts about the metaverse is:

9 thoughts on “MLMM — The Metaverse

  1. Marleen September 30, 2022 / 9:15 pm

    Seems to me it’s a more detailed game (but expanding to work plus) kind of environment — a little bit like a combination of a first-person x-box thing, SIMS, Minecraft, and who knows what else (some of which I don’t want to think about). You would also be able to make phone calls and so forth from the controls and invite people images into your faked home. There’s not anything mysterious about it, but there will be plenty stupid about it. By the way, I’m not against regular computer games. The problems are, in the planned future, that it will be treated more and more like your whole life. It could actually become your whole life. And people will spend money on dumb-ass stuff like digital clothing for their cartoon likeness (no matter how realistic the likeness or even if it’s almost a 3-d photograph or hologram or is based on a photograph or on the product or interface creepily taking images on a regular basis); probably digital room decor as well (while real environments will become more impoverished). The people who will profit off of it rub their hands continually for what else they can do with technology (in a narrow sense of that word). If they can think of something and figure out how to put it out there with electricity, they feel compelled to do it (possibly require it or make it somehow inescapable eventually). And they must call it cool.

    But maybe people will find a new zest for real life and not get into this whole thing on an ubiquitously-accepted basis. I don’t know. How much is an office or an apartment like a pod in the Matrix? Do we want to be anywhere else? If we’re fine with our own lives being constricted, what about humans in general… and do we want our children to be able to be somewhere other than plugged in? Do we want children? If we do, do we care how long they’re physically healthy? What sort of exercise and nourishment shall they have access to?

    Do we want to train them to be alone? How feasible is that, really? Are we willing to go down that path and just take it however it turns out? Should those who like to tinker with electricity and machinery and plastic decide this for us?

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  2. Marleen October 8, 2022 / 1:13 pm

    I’ve run across two people heavily into living their days under technology (wether they really wanted to or not) running into the likes of typewriter hammers (thingies with letters) all bunching together. With typewriters, a person could reach up and pull these things back apart. Now, you’re just stuck. And the individuals in charge do not care. Here is one of them from today:

    https://www.intheknow.com/post/fuslie-leaves-twitch-for-youtube/

    POPULAR STREAMER FUSLIE LEAVES TWITCH FOR YOUTUBE OVER ‘TERRIFYING’ POLICY
    Article by Emerald Pellot Published on Sep 13, 2022

    {Still, many people are frustrated with YouTube as well… while, from this story, it sounds better.}

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  3. Marleen October 8, 2022 / 3:40 pm

    Here’s the second one I came across today:

    I would start at 25:00 | on YouTube five
    days ago: fired Amazon union organizer
    (20 minutes — unless further interested)

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