Calling all metaverse enthusiasts — my friend Marvin and I would love to hear your thoughts on the intersections of the metaverse, the surveillance economy, and digital borders on his recent post.
Some questions from the post that we pulled together: 💭 What are the repercussions of long-term immersive experiences?💭 How did the internet affect our relationship with each other (eg. family, dating, and marriage), with food, our bodies, and nature?💭 What does literature on ubiquitous computing, hyperreality, and simulacra tell us?Some metaverse-specific questions are foreseeable too:💭 How will the metaverse extend the #SurveillanceEconomy or suppress #CivilLiberties and what is our #RightToBeForgotten?💭 How will opaque and inaccessible worlds (such as ones locked through passcodes) exacerbate inequality? How will it affect children or adults who do not have access to expensive equipment or sufficient internet bandwidth?💭 How will configurable cartoon figures or realistic figures distort our relationship with our bodies? Who will define the aesthetics, culture, desire, and power within these worlds?Other metaverse-specific questions will require different scenario planning frameworks to understand:💭 What does nationality, tax, #DigitalBorders, and #DigitalSovereignty look like? What happens when you lose a digital store and your livelihood on the metaverse? How will disputes be resolved?💭 What might a hostile takeover look like between state and or non-state actors? Who governs and who has the right to govern? What is the process for power transition?💭 How will we manage our relationship with NPCs (Non-player characters)? What rights should NPCs have? What are the mental health repercussions of uninhibited interactions towards humanoids?💭 In a world where magic can really exist, how will it impact the value of our theories and knowledge?