Thoughts on the Metaverse
I find the metaverse thing pretty fascinating - how far will people go into fantasy life & at what cost (socially and otherwise).
Mi55ey90 gives a very good description of the practical aspect.
My idea from the beginning is that when many people will be living in a dream world (and supposedly needing nothing material or physical), the "real" people runing the show will just use them in whichever way they want & many people will NOT be able to go back to "real" life after that.
In the mean time, who will be out there "working" IRL? Like those who produce food? And how many jobs will the metaverse kill if people no longer need anything real? (I'm exagerating a bit, of course).
Maybe it will turn out that societey will be divided into classes : "controllers" (those who run the metaverse), "dreamers" (those who live it) and "producers" (slaves in poor/underdeveloped countries?) or some such arrangement. And I wonder what the economy will be like, all virtual money I suppose. (But it's already the case, just a game for stock exchange.)
Sounds a bit like "Aside from that, what's new?".
It occurs to me the metaverse is more of a Neptune thing than a Uranus thing. It's an illusion. If I'm right, people are likely to wake up, disillusioned.