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    The AtlanticIan Bogost10/21/216 min
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    • jeff
      Scout
      1 month ago

      I genuinely feel sorry for anyone who looks at what's going on with the commercialization of space exploration and sees some kind of dystopian nightmare. We're literally witnessing the very beginning of humanity's venture out into the final frontier and it's positively awesome.

      Likewise with the metaverse. I can't wait until I can strap on a lightweight wireless headset and run around playing Team Fortress in a real life full sized arena. Like with every other technology, it's going to be up to you to decide if and how you want to use it.

      Yeah, Facebook sucks, but if you can't stop thinking about it, writing about it, and using it, then you're just letting Zuckerberg take up space in your head rent-free before he even has the chance to build his brain implants and I can't think of anything sadder than that.

      • sjwoo1 month ago

        Agree 100%. The players may be awful, but the game is good and I hope it'll get better.

        As an Oculus 2 user, I find tech great. Very much still in its infancy, but as tech improves, it'll only get lighter and cheaper.

      • justinzealand1 month ago

        Well said! Imagine having to hear this author rant on and on in the “real” world about the terrible things that haven’t happened. Ugh.

      • thorgalle
        Scribe
        1 month ago

        then you're just letting Zuckerberg take up space in your head rent-free before he even has the chance to build his brain implants

        Exactly! The hype around this rumor in the wake of the last batch of Facebook Files is sad indeed. It seems like a succeeded PR strategy to divert the discourse around Facebook’s problems.

        Likewise with the metaverse. I can't wait until I can strap on a lightweight wireless headset and run around playing Team Fortress in a real life full sized arena.

        Lol! There is a positive thrill to VR gaming. Will these devices offer more compelling and potentially manipulative interaction than current virtual worlds? With current VR at least, I haven’t seen such reports.

    • bill
      Top reader of all time
      1 month ago

      Screw the metaverse!🖕I just want to use the internet to read! And that’s still not working!!

      Whatever. Some people will never stop moving too fast and breaking things.

      The more important (and untold) part of this story is that some of us are working hard in the shadows - slowly and methodically - to fix the messes created by the speedy/greedy titans of our day.

      Having said all of that, I found this article awesomely inspiring as an aspiring sci-fi writer. If there was any doubt that sci fi writers are literally writing the future into existence... well now we know. In my stories (and in my real life) everyone is starting to return to the herb gardens.

    • Florian1 month ago

      If only the public could be persuaded to abandon atoms for bits

      Scary stuff

      • bill
        Top reader of all time
        1 month ago

        Yeah, wtf! Honestly, that whole paragraph is almost too absurd to be scary:

        CEOs in tech know that billions of people still live much of their life beyond computer screens. Those people buy automobiles and grow herb gardens. They copulate and blow autumn leaves. Real life still seeps through the seams of computers. The executives know that no company, however big, can capture all the world. But there is an alternative: If only the public could be persuaded to abandon atoms for bits, the material for the symbolic, then people would have to lease virtualized renditions of all the things that haven’t yet been pulled online. Slowly, eventually, the uncontrollable material world falls away, leaving in its stead only the pristine—but monetizable—virtual one.

        Almost!