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Talal Abu-Ghazaleh's Dilemma

In the past, I have discussed the dilemma that may arise from calls for the creation of metaverses, that is, the strengthening of our physical worlds through virtual and augmented reality technology to create a new reality in which everyone lives. While the idea of ​​augmented reality in general has its merits, the current debate about it appears to be dominated by Mark Zuckerberg’s aspirations and vision for what our digital future should specifically include. Zuckerberg created the new Meta brand, pledging to spend billions of dollars to build his version of Metaverse claiming that Meta would develop the fastest computer. A supernatural world relies on artificial intelligence.

My concerns about this matter are manifold, including the risks that My daughter Jumana, an innovator, patent holder, technology writer, and founder of the nonprofit Pivot For Humanity, outlined it in an article for Medium.com. In the article, Jumana highlighted that the metaverses that Zuckerberg creates will turn life into a game, which will encourage addiction to this new world. Unfortunately, but as expected, pretending that our home life, relationships, work and everything else is just a game will inevitably lead to a disconnection from reality, leaving each of us to live in our own metaverse, entirely dedicated to our habits, likes, and profiles on INTERNET.

Individuals immersion in their immersive version of metaphysics will lead to serious existential questions about human existence and social norms. community and the concept of community itself. If everyone were to get stuck in their metaverse in a “trance” state, would future generations, “metavirus addicts,” be able to deal with real-life situations, even simpler things like garbage disposal?
Jumana discusses the metaverse’s promotion of a concept called the time dimension, according to her:

“The temporal dimension, as a philosophy, basically states that the only thing that matters is the continuity of the human race—not just its survival, but its continuity of progress…The temporal dimension underestimates real and present dangers, rejects the foreseeable future, and belittles anything not literally dreadful as a bump in the road to a more developed future.” This is a really scary prospect, as the goal is to keep people “only alive” so they can continue their metaphysics, rather than living full lives as human beings in the real world and dealing with challenges that pose a real threat to our existence, including the metaphysics themselves!)
There is no reason why metaverse should not be turned into a positive place for you to be It is an extension of our reality, but it must now be done using deliberate thinking with interventions from technology companies and regulators during its initial development; And let nothing be left to whims or coincidences.

The metaverse is coming, and we must make sure that it is built in a cooperative way so that It is not dominated by a one-person view, does not cause further divisions, and is a healthy and regulated environment with certain limits to holding developers and owners accountable for the safety of people within the digital environments they provide. As such, I think it is important to bring the companies working in this space together to develop an integrated metaverse, not separate spaces; Collaboration is better than working alone, which may mitigate some of the ill effects that a closed view of just one person can have. With outspoken technologists like Jumana, I believe the future of the Internet, metaviruses, and other technologies is in good hands.

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