So Zuckerberg is going to create a new universe?
This sounds like a plot from a new James Bond film – the mad scientist who wants to create his own world and invite us all to live in it?
There is an aspect of this plan that somewhat confuses me. Presumably to enter this “universe” we will all have to wear one of those virtual reality headsets? So this means we can only use it in at home? Or are people going to start wearing them in the street? How long before someone steps out onto a busy road thinking they are on a sandy beach somewhere?
It would hit the Farcebook addicts very hard. No more surreptitious glances at a screen in the office or the classroom to get the latest urgent update on what Mary had for breakfast or whether Johnnie has arrived in Madrid [thereby announcing he’s not home, if you want to rob his gaff].
Frankly the whole concept is really weird. Why would I want to appear at a meeting looking like a robot, or at the very best, a rubbery caricature of myself? I would have thought that it would be easier [and a good deal more honest] to just use Skype or Zoom or one of those? I grant you that I can’t instantaneously change my clothing or my background, but why would I wish to?
The promotional video is quite stomach churning. It presents a world that is a sort of cartoon version of a very cheap American comedy [only even less funny] where everyone is just dying to meet with everyone else for some reason. Rather weirdly, Zuckerberg presents the video and I find it very hard to distinguish between himself and his cartoon version. Has anyone else noticed how strangely artificial he looks?
I can only hope this whole concept goes the way of Google Glass.
In the meantime, 007, you know what to do with megalomaniacs?
Go get him!