A map of the metaverse: Hashtag Trending Weekend Edition

Welcome to Hashtag Trending, the Weekend Edition with your host Jim Enjoy.

Before this yr we did a sequence on the Metaverse for an additional podcast collection I host with my colleague Doug Sparkes called  a “Deeper Dive.”  That series is even now well really worth listening to in its entirety, but more than previous weeks I have been contemplating a large amount about a person particular episode we referred to as a “map of the metaverse(s)”

We took the plan from the e-book Snowcrash, in which the expression metaverse was initial utilised. In that reserve, there have been many nations or city states just about every with their very own procedures. They experienced there have citizenship and guidelines. Several of them were operate by firms or eccentric prosperous people today who were the “dictators” who dominated those people worlds. Seem acquainted?

You could travel among them but you did so at some danger. They were tribal and generally dealt with immigrants and travellers with suspicion and often with hostility.

The notion in the e book was so close to what we observed emerging in the metaverse as it was unfolding IRL (in authentic lifestyle).  We observed a competitive set of contenders all making an attempt to construct a stake in the new metaverse(s).  So I considered, what if I described the rising metaverse as if it was a globe and we could map out the the a variety of wannabe metropolis states.

The end result was this episode.  I hope you’ll discover it fascinating.  It may perhaps assistance make conceptual  sense of some of the factors that are emerging here and now.

A person past note.  There are a range of content articles emerging now that discuss about how the metaverse is failing, how Zuckerberg is shedding hundreds of billions or how the metaverse has grow to be what athletics icon Yogi Berra claimed about places to eat in New York. “Nobody goes there simply because it’s as well crowded.”

We desired to skirt each the posture of the true believer and the cynic. In our viewpoint, the metaverse is inescapable. What type it takes or in our parlance, what region or alliance of nations around the world get is not.

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Stacee R. Grigg

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