Summary (by AI):
The metaverse is a virtual shared space where users can explore and exchange virtual goods and services. It combines elements of virtual reality, augmented reality, and online communities to create a fully immersive and interactive digital space.
The concept of the metaverse has been around for some time, but has recently gained renewed interest due to technological advancements and the growing popularity of virtual and augmented reality.
What happens if all this gets a bad turn?
This book tries to imagine what a possible “dark future” would be like, in which the virtual world, or “metaverse,” takes over people’s lives and causes bad things to happen, like ignoring physical health and relationships and losing social ties and values.
In this situation, the virtual world becomes a safe haven for the wealthy elite, while the poor and disadvantaged are left to struggle in the real world. There is also a chance that authoritarian governments could rise in the virtual world and use it to control and manipulate people and stop them from speaking out.
It is very critical to think about the possible risks and challenges of governance in the metaverse today and to set up safeguards and rules to stop these bad things from happening, before it’s too late.