The Metaverse Is Big Brother in Disguise: Freedom Meted Out by Technological Tyrants

Desultory Heroics

By By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead

Source: The Rutherford Institute

The termmetaverse, like the termmeritocracy, was coined in a sci fi dystopia novel written as cautionary tale. Then techies took metaverse, and technocrats took meritocracy, and enthusiastically adopted what was meant to inspire horror.”—Antonio García Martínez

Welcome to the Matrix (i.e.the metaverse), wherereality is virtual, freedom is only as free as one’s technological overlords allow, and artificial intelligence is slowly rendering humanity unnecessary, inferior and obsolete.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, sees this digital universe—the metaverse—as thenext step in our evolutionary transformationfrom a human-driven society to a technological one.

Yet while Zuckerberg’s vision for this digital frontier has been met with a certain degree of skepticism, the truth—as journalist Antonio García Martínez concludes—is thatwe’re already living in the metaverse.

The metaverse is, in…

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