Still, IBM envisions many businesses and nonprofits thriving in virtual worlds. Marketers can use so-called metaverses to project a cool product image, and retail outlets can use them to sell real-world goods. Lawyers, accountants and real estate agents could also set up shop in virtual worlds to meet clients informally. Read more (https://www.cnet.com/tech/gaming/meet-me-in-my-avatars-office) The above article was printed in 2007. The meta (middle) verse (https://www.etymonline.com/word/meta-#etymonline_v_14705) is not a figment of Mark Zuckerberg's imagination. This will be where future business and commerce will take place (for now). Brick-and-mortar businesses will be replaced by virtual shopping locations as logistics companies take full control of product movement, Amazon believes. Predictive programming for the idea of the Metaverse began in 1992, via a novel called Snow Crash, from Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaverse):
The term metaverse was coined in Neal Stevenson's 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash, where humans, as programmable avatars, interact with each other and with software agents in a three-dimensional virtual space that uses the metaphor of the real world. Stevenson uses the term to describe a successor to the Internet based on virtual reality. Please take the time to read the following 4-part series titled The Metaverse Explained (https://medium.com/@LoupVentures/the-metaverse-explained-part-1-an-inside-look-f6e15696ae0c), it is very revealing. Part 2 (https://loupfunds.com/the-metaverse-explained-part-2-why-it-matters).. Part 3 (https://loupfunds.com/the-metaverse-explained-part-3-economics).. Part 4 (https://loupfunds.com/the-metaverse-explained-part-4-challenges)
Now you will understand why digital currency and blockchain technology is coming. Once all of this becomes wireless and embedded in human tissue, it will seal the fate of humanity. While one part of you lives in the cloud playing fantasy (a dream), another part of you (your hijacked mind) will slave away in a smart city factory (which will be right next to your sleeping smart city dorm) making things for your masters . You will not have the feeling that you are a conscious individual in reality, although you are occupied in a virtual prison of the mind that you will not be able to leave. The part of you that makes you who you are will be locked away in a complex of digital servers. This will be the end of individuality. Do you appreciate the difference between reality and virtual reality? If not, start thinking about it seriously!