We are entering the Age of the Spiritual Machines. AI will create seismic shifts in culture, not least because we are no longer the planet's sole creators. We will start to see new AIMythos and they will inform the trajectory of our cultural response to the emergence of AI and the Metaverse.
DAOs represent composable structures for human creativity and culture. Like NFTs they will be a cornerstone to parts of the Metaverse. But DAOs are still a bet on whether people, passion and code can play well together.
Avatars are one of today's deepest sources of innovation driving the emergent Metaverse. They may build on a rich history, but their meaning is often being shuffled in new and unique ways.
It's easy to feel pessimistic. It's easy to argue over what the Metaverse actually means. But most people who use the term mean it as a signal for a better digital future.
Is it possible to create a map of the Metaverse? Not a technical one. But an actual map: a geography that we can explore, travel through? The question opens up some interesting questions about what the Metaverse will become.
The Metaverse is chaos. Which can be a good thing. It's Homebrew and a SV garage. It's hacking in a basement or tinkering in a shop. But there are downsides if you don't know what you're wading into.
Facebook's designs for the Metaverse may have a lot less to do with VR than you'd think - and may result in a different Metaverse than you imagine.
In the Metaverse, your avatar will be more than just a skin or cosmetic. It's time to flip the script on permissions as we wander through virtual worlds. Because avatar meta-data can hold the basis of a contract between you and a world.
Facebook is all in on the metaverse. Or at least "OUR vision" for the metaverse. But they're not the only game in town, and it's up to the rest of us to decide who should own the toll roads connecting the metaverse.
Pico Velasquez is pushing the boundaries of physical architecture and spatial experiences. And the lessons she's learned have implications for how we think about the design of the Metaverse.