I know I'm not the only one hearing the trumpets sound and angels sing. The geek gods all agree the Metaverse is on the horizon, so jumping on Mark's new ark now only makes sense. It seems simpler than moving to a new planet, as Stephen Hawking suggested. At the start of 2016, Hawking warned about the dangers from nuclear war, global warming, genetically-engineered viruses and artificial intelligence (AI). Not very merry. He suggested that within 100 years we should colonize a new planet to save humanity. I'm sure many are preparing for this move, but I think Mark's message is merrier and keeps with the spirit of things. "It will make us more present with those we care about, and it will reshape our world and our relationship with technology." It sounds exciting to me! And with my cyber-self fully functioning, I can just extend it into the Metaverse. Of course, I would need to purchase the necessary gear. We all know consumerism is sacred and keeps the world safe. So in the spirit of teamwork, I'll fill my Amazon cart and add a few things to my wish list for Santa! Simple, safe, sacred, and swift (with Prime)!
You may remember that I play with tech terms and use them as an overlay to explore personal experience. I always check official tech terms for hidden insights. I have never read so many definitions for one tech word. Here's a simple definition from Merriam-Webster for metaverse. "In its current meaning, metaverse generally refers to the concept of highly immersive virtual world where people gather to socialize, play and work."
Evidently Merriam-Webster wants some wiggle room with its lead-in positioning, "In its current meaning...." Yes, everything is subject to change. It's almost too obvious to state, and yet, I am thankful for this. Thankful, not because I want to immerse myself further into a virtual, augmented, pre-coded world, but because I envision a world in which good will is shared by all. This would truly be a miracle. And I believe in miracles.
Here's an idea - maybe I should change my cyber-self to Meta-me! It's a thought.
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