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God’s Universe Beats Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse

The Facebook chief’s loveless high-tech fantasy world is a curse, not a blessing.
November 4th, 2021

By Jim Towey

It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s “metaverse,” we’re just living in it. Or so he hopes. The founder of Facebook, now renamed Meta, “has long imagined a virtual world where people work, play and interact,” this newspaper recently reported. The company will throw billions of dollars, thousands of workers and years of effort at creating a new digital reality.

Although Mr. Zuckerberg has said he doesn’t expect the investments to pay off for years, he has already begun realizing his vision. The Journal reported in August that the company had “launched public testing of Horizon Workrooms, a free app used on its Oculus Quest 2 virtual-reality headset, that lets people enter virtual offices as avatars and participate in meetings while seeing their computer screen and keyboard.”

As avatars? I’m not a videogamer or the parent of one, and I had to look the word up to understand what I was supposed to become in the metaverse. While the phrase has come to mean an icon or figure representing someone digitally, it has religious roots. “Avatar, is a concept within Hinduism that in Sanskrit literally means ‘descent.’ It signifies the material appearance or incarnation of a deity on Earth,” according to Google Arts & Culture.

Read the full commentary: Wall Street Journal


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