How we describe the metaverse makes a difference – today’s words could shape tomorrow’s reality and who benefits from it
- June 15, 2022
- Tom Boellstorff, anthropology, The Conversation, Yahoo News, Chron.com, June 15, 2022
Tom Boellstorff, UCI professor of anthropology writes, “From climate change to global connection and disability access to pandemic response, the metaverse has incredible potential. … But discussing these benefits and threats remains difficult because of confusion about what “metaverse” actually means. As a professor of anthropology who has been researching the metaverse for almost 20 years, I know this confusion matters. The metaverse is at a virtual crossroads. Norms and standards set in the next few years are likely to structure the metaverse for decades. But without common conceptual ground, people cannot even debate these norms and standards.