Rise of the Metaverse: The Emerging Digital Universe Where You Experience a Parallel Life to Your Real-World Existence


Imagine two yous, one physical and one virtual. Virtual You is becoming smarter and more powerful. At some point, when Virtual You is smarter and more powerful than Physical You, which You is you? Virtual and augmented reality, and their necessary infrastructure, will change humanity, change us, and change you and me, in extraordinary ways. Let's discuss those ways online in a virtual world celebrating Snow Crash, The Matrix, Ready Player One, Blade Runner, and Back To The Future! Our informal meetup is unaffiliated with The Rise of the Metaverse: Merging Physical and Digital Worlds (RTC2021) but we hope you attend and share what you learn.



What if, somewhere in the universe, there existed a world identical to the one we know?

The Internet of Bodies

The Metaverse isn’t simply a space you inhabit

A three-dimensional, permanent and pervasive virtual place where to socialize, work and buy: the metaverse approaches, and will have a huge impact on society.

The metaverse is closer than you think

What We Talk About When We Talk About the Metaverse

The Metaverse Value-Chain

Why and how to use virtual reality to study human social interaction

Social Construction of the Self

Introduction: A Diversity of Selves

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