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Second Life Founder Returns To Revamp His Original Metaverse

An anonymous reader shares a report: The metaverse isn't a new concept. Not only did Neal Stephenson coin the idea in 1992, but some of us were literally living in virtual spaces with virtual currency and virtual storefronts nearly 20 years ago. The virtual place many people went back then was Second Life. Philip Rosedale, Second Life's founder, has decided to task a core team to work on evolving Second Life now that the metaverse has become a buzzword yet again. His hopes are that developing co...
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Mark Zuckerberg is creating a future that looks like a worse version of the world we already have

Facebook cofounder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Meta In late October, Facebook made a huge announcement: It was changing the company name to "Meta." The reason, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was to refocus the company around "the metaverse." The vision he presented is a worse version of a reality we already have. Late last October, Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a huge announcement: Going forward, the company would be known as "Meta." That parent company would still encom...
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Video Games, Entertainment, La, Trends, Analysis, Vr, Virtual Reality, Oculus Vr, Ar, Meta, Ubisoft, Facetime


HYUNDAI SAYS ‘METAMOBILITY’ WILL LINK REAL AND VIRTUAL WORLDS

 Hyundai Motor envisions an interactive and partially virtual future it calls “metamobility,” in which a variety of robotic devices interact with humans to provide a wide range of mobility services, from automated personal transport to remote control of robots in  factories. Hyundai executives, led by Chief Executive Euisun Chung, elaborated on the vision during a press conference at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  Buzzwords aside, Hyundai plans to leve...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Las Vegas, Hyundai, Neal Stephenson, Hyundai Motor, Sci-tech, Euisun Chung, Meta Platforms Inc


The 22 best science fiction books of 2021, according to Goodreads reviewers

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. According to Goodreads, the best science fiction books of 2021 were "Project Hail Mary," "Klara and the Sun," and "Fugitive Telemetry."Amazon; Rachel Mendelson/Insider When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Science fiction has fascinating and imaginative subgenres to explore. We used to rank the best science fiction novels of 2021. "Project Hail Mary" won the . Like fantasy, science fiction is an ...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Education, Trends, Earth, Features, Ohio, Kazuo Ishiguro, Neal Stephenson, Constance, Hail Mary, Becky Chambers, Jamie, Rosie, Evelyn, Andy Weir


Are You Ready for the Metaverse?

If social media has been an important communication tool, then the “metaverse” could be the next frontier of connectivity and interaction. In late October, Facebook announced it was changing its company name to “Meta,” to “bring the metaverse to life.” The new moniker refers to the company’s vision for how people will work and play in a virtual world, as the next phase of the internet. Explaining the new name in a letter he posted online, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote that he envisions “an embo...
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Bill Gates says most virtual meetings will move to the metaverse within 3 years, and workers will interact using VR headsets and avatars

Bill Gates.Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images Bill Gates said that virtual meetings could move to the metaverse in two to three years. Workers will use VR headsets and motion-capture gloves to interact with colleagues, Gates said. In a blog post, Gates said that the pandemic had accelerated changes that would have taken years. Video meetings could look very different in the near future, according to Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.In an annual blog post published on December 7, Gates said that...
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The Future and the Past of the Metaverse

In the mid-2000s, the virtual world of the game Second Life was seen by many as a nascent metaverse, a term for virtual worlds coined by Neal Stephenson. Courtesy of Jin Zan CC-BY-SA-3.0 Sometime in the late 01980s or early 01990s, five-time Long Now Speaker Neal Stephenson needed a word to describe a world within the world of his novel Snow Crash. The physical world of Snow Crash is a dystopia, dominated by corporations and organized crime syndicates without much difference in conduct. The...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science Fiction, Microsoft, Future, Computing, Nvidia, William Gibson, Meta, Futures, Neal Stephenson, Civilization, Cyberspace, Stephenson, Gibson, Ray Kurzweil


Neal Stephenson Discusses His New Climate Change Thriller - and Coining the Word 'Metaverse'

Tonight CNBC interviewed science fiction luminary Neal Stephenson about his new "geoengineering climate change thriller" — and about his coining of the original term "metaverse." Author Neal Stephenson shot to fame almost 30 years ago with the science-fiction novel "Snow Crash," which envisioned a future dominated by mega-corporations and organized crime, competing for dominance in both the real world and the "metaverse," a computer-generated world accessible through virtual reality headsets. S...
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Everything you wanted to know about the metaverse (but were afraid to ask)

In the wake of Facebook rebranding as Meta, reflecting its focus on the “metaverse”, Microsoft has now announced it, too, will launch into this space. Meta has proposed that the metaverse will eventually allow us to engage across education, work and social contexts, while Microsoft looks to be focusing specifically on the realm of the virtual office for now. But what actually is the metaverse and to what extent should we believe that the vision being presented to us is really going to be central...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Microsoft, Meta, Neal Stephenson, Next Featured


10 things in tech you need to know today

Happy Monday, readers. We've got lots on the docket today, starting with more Meta news, and wrapping up with a Google exec who's obsessed with collecting presidents' hair. Let's dive in. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app - click here for iOS and here for Android. Facebook 1. In Meta news: It's been a few days since Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's new name, but while Wall Street internet analysts are cheering this change a...
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The creator of the term 'metaverse' wants people to know he has 'nothing to do' with Facebook's Meta plans

Neal Stephenson Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch Author Neal Stephenson said he isn't advising Facebook on its vision for the metaverse. Stephenson coined the term 'metaverse' in his 1992 sci-fi book "Snow Crash." Facebook changed its name to Meta amid scandals stemming from documents leaked by a whistleblower. Facebook changed its name to Meta this week amid a wave of scandals, hoping to distract people with its massive investment in a virtual world that CEO Mark Zuc...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science Fiction, Social Networking, Congress, Sci-fi, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Vr, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Meta, Authors, Vanity Fair, Neal Stephenson


Facebooks Meta-morphosis

After teasing us for months with talk of a corporate name change and of a “metaverse” that will bring physically distant people closer together, Facebook sent shock waves around the world by … Just kidding, folks! Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg shocked precisely no one who was following the company’s October 28 Connect conference. Instead, his company did what it always does: something predictable, clunky, and imitative. It’s staking a claim in the “metaverse”; ergo, the new corporate n...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Books, Renaming, Linguistics, Meta, Neal Stephenson, Zuckerberg, Ben, Stephenson, Facebook It, Zubin Mehta, Ben Zimmer, Blackwater, Howard Hawks, William Faulkner


“Dune,” “Foundation,” and the Allure of Science Fiction that Thinks Long-Term

The first book of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series was also published as The 1,000-Year Plan —  an indication of the series’ focus on long-term thinking. Cover design by Ed Valigursky Courtesy of Alittleblackegg/Flickr Perusers of The Manual For Civilization, The Long Now Foundation’s library designed to sustain or rebuild civilization, are often surprised to find the category of Rigorous Science Fiction included alongside sections devoted to the Mechanics of Civilization, Long-term Thinki...
Tags: Science Fiction, Future, Uncategorized, Apple TV, James Bond, David Lynch, Paul Krugman, Futures, Neal Stephenson, Carl Sagan, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Dune, Frank Herbert, Foundation, Roland Emmerich, Annalee Newitz


How Neal Stephenson’s Sci-Fi Novel Snow Crash Invented the “Metaverse,” Which Facebook Now Plans to Build (1992)

Whatever the benefits and pleasures of our current internet-enriched world, one must admit that it’s not quite as exciting as the setting of Snow Crash. Originally published in 1992, that novel not only made the name of its author Neal Stephenson, it elevated him to the status of a technological Nostradamus. It did so, at least, among readers interested in the internet and its potential, which was much more of a niche subject 29 years ago. Of the many inventions with which Stephenson furnished ...
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Jack Dorsey mocks Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse plan, saying it's dystopian

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (left) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made fun of the "metaverse" on Tuesday. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants Facebook to become a "metaverse company." Dorsey agreed with a tweet saying the metaverse could be "a dystopian corporate dictatorship." Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made fun of the "metaverse," a concept Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been pushing as the future of both...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Europe, News, Trends, Jack Dorsey, Neal Stephenson, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Dystopian, Tech Insider, Metaverse, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Mark Zuckerberg Joe Raedle Getty, Zuckeberg


Facebook is reportedly changing its name because it wants to be known for its 'metaverse' focus

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on stage at an Oculus developers conference in 2016. Glenn Chapmann/AFP via Getty Images Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name, The Verge reported Tuesday. The name change aims to recast Facebook as focused on building a "metaverse." Facebook could unveil the new name within the week, according to The Verge. Facebook is planning to change the name of the company next week, The Verge reported Tuesday evening.The new name will aim to recast ...
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Metaverse Marketing Podcast: Defining A New Reality

"Metaverse" is a word that's hard to define -- and means different things to different people. The term was coined by sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel, Snow Crash, to describe a world similar to that which was later popularized in Ernest Cline's 2011 book, Ready Player One, which was adapted into a...
Tags: Advertising, Neal Stephenson, Emerging Tech, Ernest Cline, Metaverse, Adweek Podcasts, Metaverse Marketing Podcast


marketing in the metaverse

Lindsey McInerney at Anheuser-Busch InBev recently gave voice to the enthusiasm many marketers are feeling for the potential of the metaverse.  She said: “It’s a really exciting time to be a marketer in this space.  I believe the shift we’re seeing to the metaverse, is going to be one of the largest shifts we’ve seen in a long time … we are where we were in social media 17, 18 years ago… “Marketers like to be where people are …. Where there is set to be new traffic is certainly a place th...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Neal Stephenson, Branding, Gary Vaynerchuk, Van, Lindsey, Ann Handley, Anheuser Busch Inbev, Metaverse, Gucci Garden, Cart Corporate Blog Sponsored Post, Lindsey McInerney, Roblox Fortnite Animal Crossing Minecraft, Nick Pringle


Silicon Valley has given up on reality - and now they want us all to use their terrible new alternative

Facebook's Horizon Workrooms, a new virtual reality office space Facebook Facebook's virtual reality office is the dreary-looking beginnings of the "metaverse" - Silicon Valley's new buzzword. Recent investments into developing immersive digital spaces signal the Valley has given up on our shared reality. Zuckerberg and others have traded in real-world problems like climate change and inequality for their tasteless virtual world. Kelly Pendergrast is a writer, researcher, an...
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Mark Zuckerberg wants to expand Facebook into the metaverse, even if nobody knows what that is

"The Matrix." Warner Bros. A metaverse is a virtual universe where people would use digital avatars and VR to interact. It's akin to "The Matrix" or "Ready Player One," where characters are tethered to reality. The concept found renewed chatter after Zuckerberg said Facebook would become a "metaverse company." See more stories on Insider's business page. Mark Zuckerberg thrust a futuristic concept into the limelight earlier this summer when he announced Facebook will become known a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, News, Microsoft, Entertainment, Satya Nadella, Trends, Google Earth, Warner Bros, Vanity Fair, Neal Stephenson, Zuckerberg, Tech Companies, Afp, Stephenson


The metaverse: From science fiction to virtual reality

The metaverse is a network of always-on virtual environments in which many people can interact with one another and digital objects while operating virtual representations – or avatars – of themselves. Think of a combination of immersive virtual reality, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and the web. The metaverse is a concept from science fiction that many people in the technology industry envision as the successor to today's internet. It's only a vision at this point, but te...
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Mark Zuckerberg wants to expand Facebook into the metaverse, but no one's really sure what that means

"The Matrix." Warner Bros. A metaverse is a virtual universe where people would use digital avatars and VR to interact. It's akin to "The Matrix" or "Ready Player One," where characters are tethered to reality. The concept found renewed chatter after Zuckerberg said Facebook would become a "metaverse company." See more stories on Insider's business page. Mark Zuckerberg thrust a futuristic concept into the limelight last week when he announced Facebook will become known as a "metav...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, News, Microsoft, Entertainment, Satya Nadella, Trends, Google Earth, Warner Bros, Vanity Fair, Neal Stephenson, Zuckerberg, Tech Companies, Afp, Stephenson


Jeff Bezos originally wanted to name Amazon 'Cadabra,' and 14 other little-known facts about the early days of the e-commerce giant

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 1999. Chris Carroll/Corbis/Getty Images Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, have come a long way since 1994. For instance, Bezos wanted to call the company "Cadabra," but was talked out of it. Plus, the team rang a bell each time a purchase was made, but abandoned it when sales soared. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. When Amazon was founded on July 5, 1994, as a website that only sold books, founder Jeff Bezos had a vision for the compan...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ebay, France, Kindle, Trends, Tech, Features, Getty Images, Retail, Kansas, Volkswagen, Jeff Bezos, Neal Stephenson, Barnes Noble, Reuters


The Metaverse Is Coming to Social Media

For most of us in countries with widespread advanced technology, no claim on our time has grown as rapidly as our online experience. That was up until about March 2020, when online experiences often emphasized play, social interaction, and information seeking (including shopping). Then, the pandemic forced millions of Americans and their desperate employers to turn the digital world of the internet into a vast workplace, a cyber economy. If there had to be interaction, as often as not it had to ...
Tags: Amazon, Social Media, Seo, Social Media Marketing, Neal Stephenson, Periscope, Meerkat, Social Media Trends, Facebook Horizon, Social Media Metaverse, the world of TV


The tech billionaire space race: who is Jeff Bezos up against?

As Amazon founder prepares to jet off in his Blue Origin vessel, can he compete with Elon Musk’s SpaceX?Jeff Bezos to go into space on first crewed flight of New Shepard rocketEvery billionaire needs something to spend their fortunes on. For Howard Hughes, it was the Spruce Goose; for Roman Abramovich, it’s Chelsea FC. And for the current crop of tech moguls, it’s space.Jeff Bezos has led the charge. He founded his company, Blue Origin, in 2000, after a conversation with his friend, the science ...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, The space shuttle, Roman Abramovich, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Chelsea FC, Neal Stephenson, Blue Origin, Bezos, Howard Hughes


Nvidia's CEO Predicts a Metaverse Will Transform Our World

"Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, the nation's most valuable semiconductor company, with a stock price of $645 a share and a market cap of $400 billion, is out to create the metaverseTime magazine. Huang defines it as "a virtual world that is a digital twin of ours." Huang credits author Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, filled with collectives of shared 3-D spaces and virtually enhanced physical spaces that are extensions of the Internet, for conjuring the metaverse. This is already playing out ...
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"With all the new money flooding the metaverse... the kinds of conflicts between neighbors we’re familiar with from the real world have followed."

"Take the monastery and the ranch house next door. Both were built by Ogar, an in-demand meta-architect in the metaverse. His real name is Alexandre Vlerick, and he lives in the real-life Lille, France.... Right after he finished the monastery for a German client, he got another request: an American client asking for a ranch house alongside it, on land where he could raise virtual chickens, horses, and a goat. Once the client moved in, he got a red barn, a tractor, and bales of hay. The owner o...
Tags: Art, Games, Real Estate, Law, Virtual Reality, Neal Stephenson, Steve, Stephenson, Ogar, Ann Althouse, Zoning Board, Steve (the commenter, Alexandre Vlerick, Lille France Right


Master of the Revels

In the English royal household, the Master of the Revels was responsible for overseeing royal festivities (aka revels) and stage censorship. An important role in the time of William Shakespeare, which turns out to be a key DTAP (Destination Time And Place) in Nicole Galland’s follow-up to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., aptly titled Master of the Revels. Galland had collaborated with Neal Stephenson on the first book, but took this sequel on by herself. I’m always curious about how authors collab...
Tags: Science Fiction, Japan, England, Movies, Italy, William Shakespeare, Bill, Shakespeare, Neal Stephenson, Stephenson, Ned, Leonardo da Vinci, Galland, Grainne, Arts & Letters, Nicole Galland


Partial Q1 Vacation – Books and Running

I sort of took a Q1 Vacation last week. 2021 didn’t really feel like it started for me until January 21st. Yeah, I took a company public on January 4th, but then January 6th happened. It was a cold, dark, and anxious stretch where January felt like it had about 51 days in it. Then I was deep in SPACland and lots of deals and financings. I definitely had some “I just need to get to March 26th, and then I get a break” in my head. We got back to Boulder on a Friday, settled into our house on...
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Stephenson’s Termination Shock

This week saw the announcement of Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, Termination Shock. It’s an Easter miracle! We’re big fans of Stephenson here at Kaedrin and any new books are treated as events. So what’s it about? Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world where the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.O...
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