“The fact that we are surrounded by a global layer that is there at all times,” Tehranian said, referring to the Ethereum blockchain, “where there is no central part that determines whether something is available or not.” That, he said, is the antidote to the digital world we already live in, one he describes as similar to a metaverse but “with dictators” (Apple, Google, Facebook).
His metaverse adheres to a particular definition of freedom. “What really matters to me is that you, as an individual, own objects,” he said. “Property ownership is a tool. Works. It provides economic incentives “.
This may sound, depending on your ideological orientation, more dystopian than utopian. For Tehranian, it is simply realistic.
“We keep talking about human nature, which is greedy and selfish,” he said.
In fact, many see the metaverse as a financial opportunity. Mike Winkelmann AKA Beeple, the guy who sold an NFT of his artwork for $ 69 million, is working on a startup called Wenew, which will sell NFTs associated with moments in time, creating, in the company’s words , “The palace of memory of the metaverse”. (His first offers include moments from the career of tennis star Andy Murray.)
Despite his interest in the crypto-oriented view of the metaverse, Winkelmann’s sense of what could be, or already is, remains broad. Whatever the metaverse, it is not just virtual reality, or augmented reality, or blockchain and NFT, or virtual worlds and games.
“People see it a lot as something from ‘Ready Player One’, or something from virtual reality,” he said.
“That’s how close that screen is to your face,” she continued, holding her phone in front of her eyes. “This doesn’t change the fact that a lot of these things are happening in a space that is already virtual.”
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