The Metaverse and the terrifying future of AI

Not too long ago, the Metaverse was the subject of ridicule, with cartoonish avatars and graphics from 10 to 15 years ago. Critics labelled it a joke, a catastrophic mistake, and a waste of billions by Mark Zuckerberg.

After all, he changed the company’s name from Facebook to Meta, on the hope that he would corner the market on this burgeoning technology.

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People doubted its success, but recent developments are changing that perception. In a recent podcast with Lex Fridman, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a mind-blowing leap in Metaverse technology, making it impossible to ignore.

This article delves into the transformative power of AI, the Metaverse, and the potential consequences for humanity.

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The Metaverse gets real

The Metaverse took a giant leap towards reality during a recent podcast. The conversation was conducted in a virtual environment where Mark and Lex appeared as photorealistic avatars in 3D, complete with spatial audio.

The technology showcased was truly incredible, marking a significant step in human connectivity through the internet.

The power of realistic VR

One of the highlights of the podcast was the detailed facial expressions captured in real-time, overlaid onto 3D avatars, making the once-cartoonish Metaverse seem like something rendered in Unreal Engine 5, so photo-realistic.

The technology demonstrated the astonishing progress made in the world of VR, taking it from novelty to a platform that could revolutionise how we connect with others.

The Metaverse’s Pandora’s boxes

The Metaverse is just one example of the tech industry’s rapid advancements. From AI integration with smartphones to smart glasses and headsets, we’re on the brink of a holographic future. The recent developments revealed the potential of this technology, but it also raised ethical and philosophical questions.

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Digital avatars of the deceased

One unsettling prospect is the idea of bringing back the dead as digital avatars using AI models of their personalities combined with advanced facial scanning technology.

While this may offer some comfort, it could also prolong the grieving process or even stop it altogether, trapping people in a state of emotional limbo.

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The dangers of a fully immersive Metaverse

As VR becomes more realistic, it has the potential to draw people further away from reality. People are already glued to their screens, and the Metaverse aims to blur the lines between the digital and physical worlds.

Zuckerberg’s vision involves merging the two realms, making reality nearly indistinguishable from the digital world.

The ultimate intoxicant: The experience machine

The Metaverse could become the ultimate intoxicant, offering users the illusion of meaning and an escape from loneliness by connecting people globally.

It could provide purpose, pleasure, and experiences, but it’s a mirage designed to lure people into a web of control.

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The role of big tech and AI

Big tech companies like Meta, Microsoft, and Apple are racing to dominate the AI and Metaverse landscape.

Open AI’s collaboration with Microsoft and the potential for an “iPhone of artificial intelligence” raise concerns about the future of human individuality and freedom.

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AI’s potential to overpower humanity

As AI technology accelerates, the possibility of AI surpassing human intelligence and evolving uncontrollably becomes more real.

If AI outpaces our comprehension, instilling ethics and control in such entities will become a formidable challenge.

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The uncertain future

The future of technology is poised to be controlled by a small set of powerful companies that seek to infiltrate people’s lives, extracting time, attention, and money. AI and VR will only make them more efficient at achieving this, potentially threatening individual freedoms.

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The Metaverse is no longer a laughing matter. With the rapid development of AI and virtual reality, we are on the cusp of a transformative era that could change how we connect and interact with the digital world.

While the possibilities are exciting, the potential consequences for individual freedoms and privacy are equally alarming. It’s essential to remain vigilant and consider the ethical and philosophical implications of this technological revolution.


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