Technicians have It’s been a long time cheering for the Metaverse, and we’ve written a lot about it here at Wired. But sometimes we’re still not sure exactly how to define the next generation of the Internet, which depends on 3D experiences (rather than the flat 2D screens we currently use) and persistent, continuous federated identities. Still confused?Nevermind: On this week’s Gadget Lab podcast, we interview strategist, venture capitalist, and author Matthew Ball about his new book The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everythingavailable July 19.
We asked Ball how he defines the metaverse, how the internet might be transformed when the current version is so driven by corporate interests, whether the metaverse should be regulated, and what a realistic vision of “interoperability” might be.
Matthew Ball’s book is The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything. Read Gilad’s June cover story on Web3. Follow all of WIRED’s metaverse coverage here.
Matthew recommends this show the old man Legal Podcast on FX and on the US Supreme Court Critical review. Gillard recommends trying an electric car sometime.Lauren advises 5-4 Podcast, also about analyzing the Supreme Court.
Matthew Ball can be found on Twitter @Ball Matthew. Girard Edelman is @Girard Edelman. Lauren Goode is @Lauren Goode. Michael Carroll is @Snack Wars. Bling Main Line @Gadget Lab. The show is hosted by Boone Ashworth (@boney ashworth). Our theme music is from Solar Keys.
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