What is the metaverse? Understand how it can affect our lives

Faced with an avalanche of information about the metaverse, understanding how it affects us has become critical to our economy and our lives. Recently, Silvio Meira, a specialist at the Cesar School and the chief scientist of the TDS Company, announced the book “Definindo o Metaverso”. In this interview, given to the journalist Rosário de Pompéia, Sílvio Meira invites us to the negative thinking of the topic, takes us out of the skepticism, and warns of the importance of greater human knowledge of topics since decision-making, made by algorithms. , should affect our lives more.

How do we define the metaverse in a nutshell?

The metaverse is phygital by definition, that is, the digital and social dimensions come together with a physical dimension and create a phygital environment, where everything happens. It is like digital and social encapsulated and begins as a mesh that connects, interconnects and creates interconnected, interconnected and interconnected physical entities, including the Earth. respond to the body. And it is a global body that can be extended, supplemented, modified or restricted by digital. The metaverse is a mixture of solutions and goes to the next level (meta), where there are objects and agents, in virtual, that can affect the rock world. .. and vice versa.

How to illustrate the metaverse?

The initial abstraction of the metaverse, provided by Neal Stephenson, in the Snow Crash, makes the present “metaverse” concept seem small. In my writing, I think of football in the metaverse. Two teams, A and B, play in their stadium, with their ball and their fans. The ball, all in one stadium, is connected: the movement of the “ball of stadium A” makes the other equal to the “ball of stadium B”. They are active packages. Team A and its fans are the “metaverses” in Group B stadium and repeat. Everyone thought the other team was there. The understanding of abstract reality should be similar to reality. We can work, in the stadium, the supporters of A and B, who are not in the stadium, but everyone in their house “watching” the game. But not on TV: on the metaverse. And they, the fans, will be in the stadium, perceptibly, as fans, as humans. I know this is brain twisting, because far from the current understanding of reality, but this is what must have happened in the metaverse tias if it still existed.

In your post, you warn that we are confusing the metaverse with simulations of virtual reality, for example. Is this a “confusion” because we do not yet know the site 3.0?

There is a rush of what the metaverse is. It has taken absolutely simple, non-augmented reality or simulated third-dimensional virtual reality, and it is spreading itself as a metaverse. This occurs because a group of companies are beginning to develop metaverse features like it already exists, to minimize the impact that existing business models on social networks, for example therefore, suffer. Currently, these models are based on users mining, selling and sending customers based products. This is starting to wear off due to violence in the administration. And Website 3.0 is still not available on the highway. But there are experiments in which products and services are partially decentralized, based on platform programming interface, beyond open protocol. In them, I can participate in the division, control myself. This 3.0 site will take a long time to develop. We are still at the excellent stage of creating the content of the website, still in web 2.0.

How big is the metaverse impact on our lives and business?

If the best metaverse were to emerge, it would create the best possible economy, including the physical industry that is seen today. The processes will integrate, that is, connect and facilitate the integration and interconnection of systems, informing the exchange of information and network operations,
expressed in a distributed and decentralized manner. For example, the energy networks in Brazil are orchestrated by the middle body. One of the elements of the metaverse is the importance of today requiring some of the actors who manage and control the process can be achieved in a decentralized way,
distributed, orchestrated and articulated by multiple agent network. This is possible on the internet today, but there are major problems with process, privacy and security. It seems as if we need to get back on the network and new foundations make it possible to do many things that were not done, or did not do well, today. Part of this will come with blockchains, which already exist, but still work in isolation, with hacks building bridges between them.

Is the metaverse a way we can break down the power of the middle class and give us back the power of our data tools? Is this going to help us digitally?

My personal social network, today, is almost a tool of the network and not mine. The need, in the metaverse, is for everyone to have international recognition of rights over their privacy, privacy, and physical rights, and to be able to restrict third party access. to all three. It is important to have control
the identity of this because if we were metaverse, our lives would be in 3D, in high resolution and in many ways more than our five. If it were in the current model, in which I participate in the network and who dominates my data is a digital business, it would not be good for everyone in in particular or for all humans.

How to participate in the metaverse?

If we want the property to be decentralized and distributed, we need to be involved in the metaverse building process. At the very least, we must be able to read and understand the contents of the metaverse in order to have an understanding of the environment and its issues and timelines. It would also be good to understand how algorithms can be used to create metavers, how they work, limits and limitations. Without knowledge, you will only be eliminated by the tsunami of algorithms. It is best to understand the algorithms themselves and many people write their own rules, uniting and independent of large organizations for digital benefits.

In your text, you talk about the risk of a metaverse to utopia. How to avoid this?

An important part of the population needs to have access to digital resources in order to, at the very least, understand the rules so as not to affect everyone, their group, community, people. If we do not, we will have 3.0 generation of web site with big business
digital control devices, in the metaverse, a good part or all of me and your data life. And there will always be decisions about life, and perhaps about the continuation of it – no one has the slightest idea or knowledge of what and why it happens. Sometimes, in a metaverse scenario, the
digital and social dimensions may affect people’s lives in which, perhaps, they will (re) define what a physical place is. For humans, there can be two ways: programmed or programmed.

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