David Rosenthal

The Metaverse or “Meta”

As if this were not enough and as if the Universe were so small, some particular minds came up with the idea of creating a new parallel universe, at the same time perpendicular, for it is an illusion greater than the one we already perhaps, at this moment, live in. The future of human coexistence is a network of always-on virtual environments in which many people can interact with each other and with digital objects while operating virtual representations, or avatars, of themselves.

It is no coincidence that the global pandemic that continues to strike coincides with the launch of this new platform, which would be the future of humanity. At first, replacing the internet and then becoming the new world, the new reality.

Meta, the new name for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s entire group of companies, such as WhatsApp and Instagram, reflects the relationship it has with this new concept of the “metaverse”. The plan is to turn human relationships and communications into a science fiction-like commonplace of the future.

Study, work and shop is the goal of the metaverse, which uses a kind of glasses that can teleport people to real and unreal places in a matter of seconds without leaving their location. But other areas of everyday life, such as interpersonal relationships, are also sure to be added.
Love will also be part of the new “universe”. A disrupted idea that will mean new forms of relationships, as we have already seen them, but now with a loss of all privacy, empathy, naturalness and reality, true reality.

It is not unconnected that all companies migrate their information to the “cloud”, a mysterious place, completely virtual, unknown, full of encrypted codes and puzzles like virtual labyrinths in disdain. Likewise, people migrated to the cloud before companies did. Every person who owns a smartphone does so without perhaps realising it.

And since everything has an owner, and if it doesn’t, it will, Facebook’s plan, now Meta, is to take control of this new concept of virtual reality that has become the promising future of humanity. Meta is up against Amazon, Microsoft and Google, in principle. The counterpart, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, goes further, he does not believe in the metaverse but in the brain chips of his company Neuralink.

Steven Spielberg’s film “Ready Player One” (in Latin America known as “The Game Begins”), adapted from the book of the same name by the American science fiction writer Ernest Cline, explains the future of humanity. By the year 2045.
Behind the Metaverse, there is the loss of all human expression and the control of humanity will be held by the big corporations of the future like the already known Meta. Organisations that will be above any government, and with unimaginable economic power, who will control them?

The concept of the Metaverse is science fiction. The writer of this genre Neal Stephenson coined it in 1992 in his novel “Snow Crash”, although since 1984, the concept of “cyberspace” preceded it, in William Gibson’s novel “Neuromancer”. But it is George Orwell and Aldous Huxley who are the most accurate prophets of the future. Orwell and the dictatorship of “Big Brother”, Huxley and “Brave New World”, where humanity accepts its enslavement in a willing way.



About the Author
Political scientist, international analyst, researcher, journalist and columnist in various media in Latin America, Spain and Israel. Historical researcher and presenter of "Los pasos de Sefarad en el Nuevo Mundo", a radio programme on Radio Sefarad about the Sephardic heritage in America. He is also a lecturer on many subjects, such as history, literature, Judaism, historical figures, important women in history and mysticism.
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