Little did we know that the universe would soon be structured within the four walls of an individual’s office, garage or even a simple outdoor space. This new reality has been glorified by Meta’s (Facebook) determination in contributing to the upcoming metaverse- a word that originated in a fictional novel Snow Crash published in 1992.
While the goal is to perform tasks virtually within a physical space that can be explored through the use of devices that have gone through several updates by different manufacturers, the question is, what can’t be humanly possible in the metaverse?
Inclusion- Can granny come along?
Will the metaverse accommodate everyone? Or are we continually leaving out the minority groups as we carve a new internet world? Despite the popularity of social media softwares, not everyone is on it either by choice, natural limits, geography or even age.
Governance- A digital president of the world too?
The human society is ordered by authorities based on laws and constitutions specific to the different countries in the world, hence maintain civilization. The internet is currently battling content moderation and here is the metaverse. Is the world going to be governed by adventurous software developers.
Mobility- Are we moving at all?
The Coronavirus pandemic restrictions were at different times battled against by people with claims that it infringed human rights especially for socializing and movement. A metaverse world could possibly do the same by reducing the movement of people providing them with virtual facilities to achieve a lot in one spot.
Currency- What would we spend?
When money replaced trade-by-barter, it was still a case of “seeing is believing”; however, when digital currency replaced paper money- the reality of this form currency has not been widely accepted yet luxury fashion brands like Polo Ralph Lauren are already selling digital clothing in the metaverse. The metaverse is definitely for the existentialists.