Episode 44 - Metaverse
The one and only Aunt Norah is in town this week to see her favorite (?) nephew Ben, or perhaps it’s just to record a show about the word metaverse? Who’s to say? They do have differing views on what it is and what it could be; however, it’s a very interesting discussion from a generation X-er and a Baby Boomer just trying to make sense of it all.
00:00:21 - It’s a dry heat, and starting off the show with TWO questions from my Aunt!
00:01:30 - “What makes NFTs bad for the environment?”
00:04:05 - “What is augmented reality, and how is different from virtual reality?”
00:06:30 - Norah starts the metaverse conversation
00:08:30 - What does a successful metaverse look like?
00:11:15 - Origin of the Snow Crash book title
00:13:35 - Was Norah listening? You decide!
00:15:25 - E-Bay experiences, Beanie Babies, and Norah says, “on point!”
00:19:00 - Auction houses for real art in the metaverse
00:21:05 - Embedding chips in humans, DNA, and disengaging from VR
00:27:00 - “Kids, don’t bring your guns to amusement parks,” the word meta, and Don Quixote
00:31:00 - In Hebrew meta means dead, and Ben says “the dog’s bollocks”
00:33:30 - Second Life, and facial expressions, emotes, and “don’t F with me…”
00:37:35 - Leveraging data mining in the metaverse, and Ben definitely wants those cat ears
00:40:05 - Unwieldy hardware, and is a conflict-free metaverse possible?
00:43:00 - Concerns about the development of the metaverse, and the evolution of bullying
00:47:55 - Will the development of the metaverse make humanity exponentially worse?
00:50:40 - Will the metaverse ever become the “real” world?
00:53:20 - The “Benaverse,” game evolution, and will Norah try VR?
00:57:10 - Ben’s concerns about crime, and Norah thinks the metaverse will alway be pretend
01:00:00 - “AI means artificial intelligence,” be careful, and favorite nephew… question mark?
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