, November 30, 2021

Newsletter — We need a Metaverse equivalent of HTML


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Newsletter — We need a Metaverse equivalent of HTML

The Metaverse Wild West; we need a Metaverse equivalent of HTML
The death of neoliberalism and the great reset to a third age
Taxing billionaires is taxing on the brain — there is a forgotten benefit
Exponential technologies create exciting future or cyber dystopia
Bitcoin hits new high; maybe the Metaverse will be its new home
Other News: Musk's brother sells Tesla shares, Resurrecting all humans who ever lived, Stop drinking with Pete

Techopian's weekly roundup on some of the key stories covered this week. For those too busy during the week but need something to make them seem informed on Monday morning

The Metaverse Wild West; we need a Metaverse equivalent of HTML

The Metaverse is like the Wild West; but just as the Internet is owned by no one and the World Wide Web has HTML, we need common, free and open standards.

The Metaverse will never be like a giant hippy community; but just as in the real world, we own our bodies, breath, smell and see without having to pay for it; obey rules of physics and chemistry — like gravity— in the Metaverse we need common open and free standards, and there must be limits to commercial ownership.

The Metaverse Wild West needs a Metaverse equivalent of HTML
The Metaverse is currently like the Wild West. We need an open standard like a Metaverse HTML, which will work across multiple Metaverses

The death of neoliberalism and the great reset to a third age

Since the end of World War 2, the West has experimented with two systems, and we saw two ages:

  • The Keynesian age — from around 1950 to the mid-1970s
  • And the neoliberal age, which gathered momentum with the election victories of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

The neoliberal age is either dying or dead, not because it failed, but because times change and what might have worked once no longer worked.

A new age, the connected age, is dawning. It is being charged by:

  • Labour shortages, the underlying trend at play is demographics as the baby boomers retire
  • Climate change, leading to ESG in business and an emerging set of ethical standards beyond financial measurements  
  • Remote working/WFH and hybrid working, accelerated by Covid but made possible by technology. The Metaverse will add a whole new dimension to remote working
  • A Fourth Industrial Revolution

But the new age won't last long; something even bigger is building.

For the full picture you can see our video exploring the death of neoliberalism and what this 'great reset' might mean:

Taxing billionaires is taxing on the brain — there is a forgotten benefit

Elon Musk is in the news yet again, this time over his share options, but then the whole issue of taxing billionaires is complex, and if you believe in a shareholding democracy, there is a benefit. Jump into the thinking in the article below ...

Taxing billionaires is taxing on the brain — but there is a forgotten benefit
Elon Musk is in the news yet again, this time over his share options, but then the whole issue of taxing billionaires is complex, but if you believe in a shareholding democracy, there is a benefit.

Exponential technologies create exciting future or cyber dystopia

The exponential growth of modern technology has brought abundant future possibilities, along with cybersecurity challenges," said Dr Victoria Baines, cybersecurity futurist. As we rush towards a fast emerging realisation of what was once science fiction and only existed as a fragment of the most fervent imaginations, the importance of building this new world with security at the heart of the design is critical to its success.  

Exponential technologies could create cyber dystopia
A new report reveals cyber challenges arising from exponential technologies— creating both opportunity but the threat of a dystopian cyber future

Bitcoin hits new high; maybe the Metaverse will be its home

The Bitcoin price has hit a new all-time high, but maybe Bitcoin will really come into its own in the Metaverse.

Bitcoin hits new high, but maybe the Metaverse will be its home
The Bitcoin price has hit a new all-time high, but maybe Bitcoin will really come into its own in the MetaverseWell that was a mistake — back in

Other news

Musk's brother sells Tesla shares

Now Kimbal is at it too. Elon Musk telegraphed plans to perhaps (which means probably) sell Tesla shares across the world via Twitter. But it turns out Elon's brother, Kimbal Musk, has been selling Tesla stock too.

So far, $200 billion has been knocked off the company's valuation, which is now valued at a mere $1.01 trillion — mind you, it is still 17 per cent up on when, two weeks ago, we asked the question are Tesla shares cheap?

Resurrecting all humans who ever lived

"One day, we might be able to bring back to life every human who ever lived, by means of science and technology.  And it will be a good day," states a paper by RomanS.

It looks at four methods to achieve this:

  • Generate all possible human minds — apparently, there are a finite number of possible minds, so you generate them all; those who have lived, those who do live, those who will live and those who never be
  • Collect the crumbs — using AI to reconstruct minds from the available evidence
  • Find a way to get arbitrary information from the distant past. "Maybe there is a way to build a device that could show us the Battle of Waterloo, or any other historical event, exactly as it has happened, with the same fidelity as a modern digital camera," stated the paper
  • Learn how to generate realistic human minds — which is a bit like method 2. In fact, this writer isn't clear on the difference

But once all these minds have been created, where will we put them? It seems the Metaverse will be the place.

Stop drinking with Pete

And finally; there is bad news for whisky drinkers who want to save the planet.

Some Scotch Whiskies are flavoured using peat — and peatlands store massive amounts of carbon.

So if you like your Scotch and want to do your wee bit to save the world, you might want to ditch Pete and find a different drinking buddy.

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