Metaverse: Egotists’, Egomaniacs’, and Schizophrenics’ New Promised Land
Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor represents the perfect example (in which any resemblance to reality is mere coincidence) of the unnamed conquerors, Martian businessmen or lunatic entrepreneurs (tyrants or democratic), insatiable and always thirsty for more
Lex Luthor: Kitty, what did my father used to say to me?
Kitty Kowalski: You’re losing your hair.
Lex Luthor: Before that.
Kitty Kowalski: Get out.
Lex Luthor: He said: You can print money, manufacture diamonds, and people are a dime a dozen, but they’ll always need land. It’s the one thing they’re not making any more of.*
Technically, geologically and physically, what Lex says may be accurate, but truthfully, for a few years there has been a new virtual earth that has been slowly emerging. We cannot yet feel the heat of its sands with our bare toes, nor plant, still, a banner over its land, or satiate our thirst with fresh water from its mountain rivers, yet. It still does not mean that there is a chance that this will one day be possible. Maybe it will be.
The march advances from the original internet to 2.0, to 3.0 and no one knows how many x point zero remain. It’s to be discovered which of the analog real things will pass into virtual reality and which of the virtual will invade the real realm, not as a Skynet or a Space Odyssey, but as intellectual exoskeletons.
The virtual becomes existing and vice versa, the interactions between the realities affect each other, gradual and uniform at times, polluting and deformed others. And this could be dangerous. Mixing reality with fiction in real reality is called schizophrenia, and this ‘affects a person’s ability to think clearly, control their emotions, make decisions, or relate to others. It is a mental disorder in which it is difficult to differentiate between real and unreal experiences.’
The Metaverse, the new buzzword, which nobody knows what it means, but has become widespread is coming, although it has not yet fully arrived. It seems like a liberator waiting. It is a physical place that is in virtual reality. It is a universe within another universe within another universe like generations of psalms blessings and curses. Could they be parallel and complementary universes?
To understand things, the fastest way to capture them is by playing, so entertainment is at the forefront. Electronic games and movies lead, then companies arrive, and finally the indecipherable mammoth of politics will appear to conquer and hinder.
The quintessential exemplar of unbridled ambition, Lex Luthor, is an egomaniac. His intelligence can only be equaled and even surpassed by his egotism and megalomania, which sometimes interfere with his rational thinking. Nolan Sorrento, the ‘Spielbergian’ nemesis in Ready Player One of decentralization and Luddism, falls victim to the rebellious and untamed Metaverse that he wanted to possess and dominate.
As the virtual tectonic plates move, shaping the new virtual planet, they continue to be heard behind the doors that separate reality from fiction, the mysterious voices of the soul-eaters promising whatever it is for whoever it is. What creatures will escape and what spawn will enter to integrate the animalia? Pokémon’s, Gremlins, Red Dragons, Unicorns, Trolls, etc.?
How long will you live in virtual reality? Will there be Sundays and holidays? What will be private and what will be public? What new addictions will appear? Will virtual unions be born to regulate labor dynamics? What laws will govern that cosmos? How to find a virtual psychopath hidden between blockchains? How much will ethereal virtual psychologists charge a session hour? Who will be the first forger of NFTs? Will it happen? Where will be located Bitcoin’s Fort Knox?
- *Superman Returns (2006) directed by Bryan Singer