Is the metaverse data curse in reality?

Is the metaverse data curse in reality?

yundai Motor Co. president Chang Song speaks during the CES tech show on Jan. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas while Boston Dynamics chairman and founder Marc Raibert and Microsoft VP of Cloud and AI Ulrich Homann  look on. (AP Photo/Joe Buglewicz)
yundai Motor Co. president Chang Song speaks during the CES tech show on Jan. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas while Boston Dynamics chairman and founder Marc Raibert and Microsoft VP of Cloud and AI Ulrich Homann look on. (AP Photo/Joe Buglewicz)
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If small business can make mistakes, remember that big business routinely makes gigantic mistakes. History is packed with large-scale global impact failures, and the list is long.

Enter the metaverse: The super-hyped, deeply sensationalized gamechanger for the world led by the super-tech-super-giant-octopus monstrosity on the global technology scene called Facebook.

Congratulations. Any effort to advance civilization is just great and welcomed, just like how Facebook started, led the world on personal connectivity and shook the planet.

Now in the grips of Facebook, the global populace already faces social media manipulation, and with 100 elections coming within the next 500 days, the jury on how Facebook impacts and controls elections is still out.

Is the metaverse a cool hangout place for the TikTok minds; to wander in visibly distorted unbalanced graphic renderings like early-stage video games, and pretending one is marching in super deluxe boutiques, groping, pinching and excited about the artificial liberation of mind as an hallucination exercise?

Is this what happens when data is collected on each citizen worldwide, every sneeze multiplied by everything visible or invisible, to transform from a heap to a hill and to Mount Everest, with no place to store it and no order to frame it?

Right now, it is more like a data curse, waiting for the line of passengers getting ready for a very long one-way journey to Mars. More ding-dongs please.

Naseem Javed

Is it because hyper-data-technologists are excited about keeping the 5 billion connected “alpha dreamers” continuously fooled by illusions of self-control over gadget buttons ding-donging every second?

Is it because the socially distanced, isolated and sanctioned public is about to be held hostage to new “vaxinomics” and robot-controlled testing tyrannies?

Is it because during the last few decades, the most popular and most criticized video game, “Mortal Kombat,” was a psychologically disturbing release, and now damage to the brain, depression and codependency are slowly taking a grip on social behavior?

But no — none of the above. All is normal and it is just a phase for technology to advance. A new power — facial recognition branded as an AI universe — might become the standard protocol to feed tribalism.

The metaverse, with its ding-dong music, might become the only comfortable and safe place to feel important and connected in a new strange world.

Right now, it is more like a data curse, waiting for the line of passengers getting ready for a very long one-way journey to Mars. More ding-dongs please.

The rest is easy.

Naseem Javed is chairman of Expothon Worldwide, a Canadian think tank

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