Metaverse, The Perils Of Living Another Life

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Madrid.— The arrival of the metaverse It will come loaded with opportunities, but also with dangers. On the one hand, the virtual world will save many users travel and expenses, as well as having a certain democratizing effect by providing realistic and rewarding experiences to those who can barely survive.

However, this simulation in a parallel universe will require more time and energy with the consequent risk of addiction, accumulate much more personal information for commercial or political purposes and may increase harassment and abuse. hate speechwarn experts.

“There is a risk that this fascinating, almost infinite world at our fingertips will become something addictive to which we will become addicted. Social networks are already highly addictive, but they’re a mere glimpse of what the metaverse can become. The multitude of experiences it offers can cause dissociation, that we neglect our authentic life and thus promote escapism to disconnect from reality,” he says to EL UNIVERSAL. Feran Lalueza, Professor of Information and Communication Sciences Studies at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

“Another issue of concern is that the metaverse can multiply it by at least 10 in the same way that social networks have become a kind of machinery to capture data from our lives, in some cases very private, that the metaverse can multiply it by at least 10. In social networks, basically what we do is exchange information, content, but there is a certain sense of control, although it is not true. In the metaverse, what we will do is beyond any lived experience, so we will give much more information about what we like or what attracts us, without being aware of it, because we will be living it and without telling it. The awareness that we are revealing so much about ourselves will almost never be there”, says the researcher of the GAME group (Education, Media and Entertainment).

The abuse of this personal data can harm the users of the metaverse in a very unrepresentative way, says the academic.

“The experiences will be much more immersive, more realistic, so things that can already harm social networks, such as hate speech or harassment, can be improved. It is necessary that this parallel world be governed so that it does not become a kind of distant past where there is no law but the law of the strongest and we can be the subject of all kinds of excesses and treachery, with the aggravating circumstances. that we are living it as if it were a real experience. Hate speech or harassment can multiply yours negative impact, so the metaverse must be controlled so that everything is not acceptable”, emphasizes the academic.

Frustration, anguish or exclusion in the virtual world can eventually generate real trauma, according to specialists.

Despite the disadvantages, the UOC professor emphasizes that the metaverse will also bring significant benefits to the people who use it.

“It opens up a very enriched world, because all those with connectivity will have the opportunity to access experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible to many, such as travel, learning opportunities or socializing with people from different backgrounds with presence and feeling incomparably close. It will also be very useful for people with sensory disabilities or some mobility limitation”, he says.

The metaverse would also favor environmental conservation.

“Being able to find experiences without leaving where we are is likely to save a lot of carbon footprint from a travel perspective, commuting or some expenses”, says the professor of the university of Catalonia in conclusion.

The parallel universe still has a long way to go, so it will take at least ten years to fully consolidate it.

“On the one hand, screen resolution and refresh rate must increase. On the other hand, helmets should become more comfortable, if we want to spend several hours with them a day. We also need to find devices that allow us to better interact with the world of virtual reality: the controls we have now, as well as gesture recognition, do not fall short if we want to use the technology among the general public”, which he said. Cesar Corcoles, professor of Computer, Multimedia and Telecommunication Studies at the UOC.

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of the social network Facebook and the main promoter of the metaverse defines it as a space for the interaction of machines, idealized avatars and a new virtual world where art, architecture, beauty and fiction come together to socialize, buy or make. business.