Please keep me away from Metaverse and Web 3.0

They say we are on the verge of a revolution. Costs. The Web 2.0 revolution has solved a specific pressing problem. The idea was that we could really take advantage of the opportunities the Internet gives us. This one, until the development of the idea of ​​the “second” Web, was practically read-only. We thought it would be great if it could work both ways. Two communication channels – something so simple that it worked.

Of course, revolutions eat their children, and real journalists kind of figured that out. Today, some people who can live on Facebook are called journalists. The real ones, who are doing an incredible job to this day, consisting of huge research and reliable work, have passed into the shadows. The most “agile”, not always the best, have become the dark horses of the race. But do you feel like you’re losing out on Web 2.0? As a society we may be overloaded with information, perhaps with the help of social media the overall value of information has been distorted and the mainstream has been completely tabloidized. Nevertheless, we have access to a huge amount of knowledge that unquestionably works to our advantage.

Web 3.0 running on blockchain, based on the idea of ​​universal decentralization – where ownership of information is given to people, because an idea sounds really nice. Alright great. Decentralized finance is a tempting prospect, but is it really totally decentralized? Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the popular messenger Signal, expressed a very interesting opinion on this – decentralization could and would be quite possible if it weren’t for the fact that under current conditions it wouldn’t be fully anyway Implementation.

He noticed that blockchain programming interfaces are currently dominated by certain companies, such as Infura. We also have top cryptocurrency exchanges such as Coinbase and Binance. And finally, the current stablecoin market is highly dependent on Tether. The new network, which will be based on the idea of ​​decentralization, will be centralized in some way, and that doesn’t mean the idea is bad, the foundations on which we base our belief that a decentralized world can be significantly better than what we have are actually bad. Web 3.0 does not guarantee us that the scams we know will suddenly be a thing of the past – just look at what Molly White, a leading software engineer on this subject, writes on her website Web3 Is Going Just Great. Do we need a revolution that gives us the illusion of change and in fact only changes the current rules of the game in such a way that everything works the same way after all?

Finally, the difficulty of regulating a decentralized network makes the fight against online crime more difficult. It sounds a bit like the same libertarian cognitive bias that they fall into from time to time – claiming that this and that will definitely give people real power over what is theirs. This was what the Internet was supposed to look like, and what came of it? Big nothing – of course we achieved a lot, but in the end the libertarian dreams did not come true. Fortunately or unfortunately – not to judge me.

Take me away from the metaverse, Lord

While I can defend Web 3.0 somehow, the metaverse is like painting a withered tree green. Metaverse, i.e. a parallel world hidden in a digital shell, where we can participate in social life as part of a functional Second Life something, something I wouldn’t buy even if they paid me extra for it. I don’t know, maybe I’m too attached to the “really” life or the basic principles of the Internet?

Metaverse will collect massive amounts of data about us – it’s supposed to be a place where we transfer our private information, including biometric information. Targeted – Advertising directly to you, better understanding of social interactions, and ultimately perhaps even greater control is a threat we won’t run away from in the metaverse. Everything will be beautiful only at the level of the envelope, under the metaverse will be mainly a machine to draw even more from us. Batteries like in the Matrix? Almost. Only the raw material that we will produce will not be energy, but data. If you think what’s going on right now is scary, just think that Meta is promoting the Metaverse a lot. He doesn’t do it for sport.

The VR-based metaverse may further increase feelings of loneliness in the world by not replacing social interactions. Are we able to replace relationships with others by participating in the virtual world? If we have no other choice, we do so to a certain extent. But not in the long run – not when you can just see someone. Add to this possible dependence on such a medium, perhaps a greater influence on the induction of depressive states or the onset of other dangerous mental illnesses. Also, humans are meant to move, not operate in VR. Already, a sedentary lifestyle and smartphones have worsened our health – more incorrect posture and bigger fats. Are metaverses safe for users? What is a challenge in traditional social media may already be something impossible in the metaverse. If someone you know organizes hate raids on your social media accounts, they will easily destroy you in the metaverse thanks to followers. Add incidents such as, for example, a gang rape in such a world.

In the case of Web 3.0 and the metaverse, it is also about the fact that our energy demand will increase even more. Will we get anything concrete from them? Maybe not – and the world we will find thanks to them will not be better. So far, no one has convinced me that it will be so.

So from the metaverse and web 3.0 – protect me Lord. (I know you don’t care anyway for one simple reason – but all that’s left for me to do is pray there’s no revolution after all)

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