June 4, 2023


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A map of the metaverse: Hashtag Trending Weekend Edition

A map of the metaverse: Hashtag Trending Weekend Edition

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

Earlier this year we did a series on the Metaverse for yet another podcast sequence I host with my colleague Doug Sparkes called  a “Deeper Dive.”  That series is still properly worthy of listening to in its entirety, but about past months I have been contemplating a lot about a single certain episode we termed a “map of the metaverse(s)”

We took the plan from the e book Snowcrash, in which the expression metaverse was initially utilised. In that guide, there had been several international locations or town states each individual with their own rules. They had there individual citizenship and principles. Many of them ended up operate by firms or eccentric loaded men and women who were being the “dictators” who ruled people worlds. Audio common?

You could travel involving them but you did so at some danger. They were tribal and typically addressed immigrants and travellers with suspicion and at times with hostility.

The thought in the guide was so shut to what we observed emerging in the metaverse as it was unfolding IRL (in authentic life).  We noticed a aggressive established of contenders all striving to establish a stake in the new metaverse(s).  So I believed, what if I explained the emerging metaverse as if it was a world and we could map out the the many wannabe town states.

The final result was this episode.  I hope you are going to discover it interesting.  It could assist make conceptual  sense of some of the items that are emerging listed here and now.

One particular past be aware.  There are a range of content rising now that speak about how the metaverse is failing, how Zuckerberg is getting rid of hundreds of billions or how the metaverse has turn out to be what sports icon Yogi Berra said about places to eat in New York. “Nobody goes there because it’s far too crowded.”

We desired to skirt both of those the posture of the true believer and the cynic. In our view, the metaverse is inevitable. What sort it takes or in our parlance, what place or alliance of international locations gain is not.


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