In the zone Laser focused Eyes glued upon the screen Deaf to all but gunfire comrades shouts & screams No sense of time Space infinite As he does what he does best He plays to earn He yearns to play He needs no time to rest A world flows from her fingertips Mountains rise at her command Oceans roll and rivers flow Terraforming of the land Time takes her creation No seventh day to rest She plays to earn She’s learned to play She does what she does best He shoots he scores he overtakes First place gold cup high stakes One hundred times XP He wins another race All star all sports hero He does what he does best He plays to earn He earns to play Time’s all he need invest Plugged in Switched on Hooked up A generation out to play No need to see the world Escape mere clicks away It raptures their attention As it does what it does best It plays to earn It earns to play No thought for all the rest
I’m not anti-technology (I’d have a hard time keeping up with this blog if I was) and I have to admit the metaverse sounds wondrous in so many ways, imagine being able to create your own virtual world, virtually visit places you’ve only ever dreamed of seeing or come ‘face to face’ with loved ones across the globe.
But I do wonder if there should be more questions asked before we rush headlong into the metaverse. Should companies like Facebook, who already have a hard time controlling the negative aspect of their social media platforms, be given free reign to develop what is essentially an alternate reality? It could be argued it will be a choice whether to engage with it or not, but then it’s a choice to own a smartphone, yet choosing not to own one is something many people (myself included) find hard to do.
It seems to me the tech giants are owning the narrative on this one: it’s coming and it’s a good thing. It’s even being billed as a solution to climate disaster; if everyone stays at home and socialises in the metaverse then they’ll travel less which is a good thing for the environment. Yet the carbon footprint of the internet today is similar to that of the airline industry, so what will it be like when over half the world’s population is spending most of their time in the metaverse?
Your thoughts please?