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@Giovanni  This is so very existential... the AI version of "if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it... did it really make a sound?"

If a fake body part is falsely groped in the metaverse... did it really get groped? 

Hopefully questions like these will point to the absurdity of a metaverse being close to anything tangible and worth living for. 

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I saw it coming decades ago. Had dreams and visions of it. I have Uranus and Jupiter conjunct in Sag.

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I believe development of the metaverse strings off of the idea that in "2030 you will own nothing and be happy about it." The metaverse is a parallel economy to the physical world. You can purchase real estate, clothes, and experiences on the metaverse much like in the physical world. For those producing content, this is an extremely lucrative business. Instead of dealing with the costs and overhead of manufacturing physical goods, each item amounts to server space.

The metaverse will dictate when and if you have access to the items you purchase. Violate community guidelines or your card declined for a subscription? You will not be able to participate in the metaverse.

In terms of payment, for example, if you purchase a bicycle in the physical world that is the end of the sales cycle. The only reason you are going to buy a new bicycle is if it breaks, or a new one with better features becomes available.

This would not be the same for a metaverse bicycle. You would be able to purchase the bicycle for a flat fee, but you would likely also likely need to pay a subscription cost to have access to the metaverse in general to be even able to use the bicycle. Games or businesses in the metaverse will dictate whether you can use the bicycle on their platform. A few months down the line the metaverse can dictate that they no longer support this version of the bicycle, and you can either pay to upgrade the bicycle to a new one, or you are out of a bicycle completely. You do not have these restrictions on physical product. 

In this, the market is no longer controlled by the consumer as their choice is limited to only serving those interests. We are moving towards oligarchy and away from democracy and capitalism, as consumer need is no longer determining what products are successful and will continue to be available. In any case, a good thing to remember is that your time outside in the physical world can be free, while your time online is always paid for by somebody.  

This is OK when a good deal of business and communication happens off of the metaverse. But as we have seen with facebook and the pandemic, if social media is the primary way we communicate, free speech is not given an equal platform to produced speech which is filtered by government and business interests. Facebook, Twitter and Tic Tock can make the case that businesses have the right to decide how their product is being used, but when their platforms are the primary way of communicating due to restrictions on how we meet in person and communicate otherwise, the point is moot. 

 

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@mi55ey90 thanks for spelling this out.  I appreciate it, greatly.

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@mi55ey90 This was an amazingly straightforward and insightful read! Thank you for your astute observations on this topic!

It's seems so very backwards to have money perpetually escaping one's bank account in order to ride a fake bicycle in a fake setting, when a real bike in a real setting could possibly be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase for some people. And you lay it all out so clearly like that - but for many who get sucked into the Metaverse, the absurdity of it may never even have a chance to cross their mind. 

 

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There are pros and cons, and many of you mentioned before. Nothing is inherently bad or good, right? It's about how it's utilized.

I don't care to take my money, place it in a non-physical world, and make much-ado about that which has no direct influence upon my life. Video games are as far as I go.

I know some sex-crazed guys. They get screwed over A LOT because they're so obsessed with women that they are too naive to see a scam before them.

Therefore, I foresee many scams occurring in the space. It will be available to anyone with a phone. General public knowledge of programming and all the particulars that come along with computer technology is drastically low.

The thief in me is still very much alive, but tamed, so I can spot opportunities. This will be interesting to see to say the least.

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I wonder what kind of user-agreement details will be in the metaverse.

Many who will need lawyers for lawsuits won't be able to afford one.

Money will be lost, personal data used and reshaped in reality unbeknownst to the original person.

This is a situation where, like many, our technology is moving faster than our human minds can keep up with.

Are lawyers are working with this stuff to mitigate any future ordeals/issues?

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On the question of how easy or hard will it be to avoid the metaverse...

Is it comparable to being able to avoid a smartphone (and, say, opt for a flip phone or maybe even just a plain 'ol landline?)

Today I pondered the idea of giving up my smartphone, but the idea of pressing the same button over and over on a flip phone to text turned me off, and I rely on smartphones a lot for driving navigation. And it's helpful for email.

However, there are always alternatives for the above. You can wait till you get home to check your email on a computer (and some can get away with not even having email at all, like my dad). You could equip your car with GPS. Call people instead of text, though this pisses people off now.  

This is absolutely feasible with a little unlearning. 

Will it be this feasible to avoid the metaverse, though? Maybe in the next 10 or 20 years, but in 30 years from now... what could be that big thing that gets the begrudging ones to cave in? Something to do with healthcare?  

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