A map of the metaverse: Hashtag Trending Weekend Edition

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Welcome to Hashtag Trending, the Weekend Version with your host Jim Really like.

Previously this calendar year we did a series on the Metaverse for an additional podcast collection I host with my colleague Doug Sparkes called  a “Deeper Dive.”  That sequence is even now perfectly truly worth listening to in its entirety, but around past weeks I have been contemplating a lot about just one individual episode we identified as a “map of the metaverse(s)”

We took the concept from the guide Snowcrash, where by the expression metaverse was very first utilized. In that reserve, there ended up a number of international locations or town states each and every with their very own regulations. They had there individual citizenship and guidelines. A lot of of them were being operate by corporations or eccentric loaded people who were the “dictators” who ruled these worlds. Audio acquainted?

You could journey between them but you did so at some possibility. They had been tribal and frequently handled immigrants and travellers with suspicion and occasionally with hostility.

The principle in the reserve was so near to what we observed emerging in the metaverse as it was unfolding IRL (in serious life).  We noticed a competitive set of contenders all hoping to establish a stake in the new metaverse(s).  So I considered, what if I explained the emerging metaverse as if it was a world and we could map out the the various wannabe city states.

The final result was this episode.  I hope you are going to locate it attention-grabbing.  It could assistance make conceptual  feeling of some of the points that are emerging right here and now.

1 very last observe.  There are a variety of articles emerging now that converse about how the metaverse is failing, how Zuckerberg is shedding hundreds of billions or how the metaverse has develop into what sports icon Yogi Berra reported about restaurants in New York. “Nobody goes there because it’s far too crowded.”

We preferred to skirt both equally the posture of the true believer and the cynic. In our feeling, the metaverse is inevitable. What form it normally takes or in our parlance, what place or alliance of international locations win is not.

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