He believes that Mark Zuckerberg and his plans to build his own metaverse are a potential example of the misuse of such technology, which could be used to “brainwash an entire population.”
Brian Shuster, an expert in digital technologies and director of the metaverse platform Utherverse, says that these digital spaces could be abused if they fall into the wrong hands. They have the “potential to be the most dangerous technology from the invention of nuclear weapons” and could be used to “clean up entire populations and bring them basically under the control of the puppet”, said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
Shuster believes that Mark Zuckerberg and his company Meta (qualified in Russia as an extremist organization), which is also committed to building its own metaverse, is a potential example of the improper use of all the possibilities offered by multidimensional experiences. He thinks the tycoon far from just looking for the likes and satisfaction of users.
“I do not think that Zuckerberg or Facebook will ever come to the conclusion that they can to sacrifice money for the good and longevity of man“, He points out.
Shuster, respect one of the “pioneers of the Internet”, warned that, just as the social network did the tycoon use of algorithm to prioritize certain types of content and direct Internet users towards specific views, products or services, something like that could happen in your virtual world project, aimed at probably generating economic gains.
“We have seen the path chosen by Facebook, and they will choose the same when it comes to the metaverse (…) nothing random. Computers generate everything algorithmic and we have seen what Facebook does with algorithms. You may think you’ve met the love of your life in the metric, but it’s ‘Zuck’ you decide who you belong to. “
It could be manipulated aside, Shuster fears the metaverse is adding to it Social isolation in future generations, much deeper than what social networks in general already cause, in that virtual experiences and activities become more immersive and immersive and people decide to spend more time on them.
Last year, when Facebook was renamed as ‘Meta’, the company explained the metaverse would feel like a “hybrid of current online social experiences” and allow sharing with others even when they could not be together, and even “do things they could not do in the physical world”.
In this sense, Shuster argues for the need “real links”beyond the possibilities offered by technology, because, «as human beings, we need to touch on feeling emotionally supportedand. Otherwise, future generations will be “isolated” people who will never have a proper understanding of what it means to be around and care for people, he said.