Virtual reality, augmented reality, and the Internet will soon integrate physical reality. With the digital world to create the metaverse. However, the question is whether or not we are prepared.
The answer to the above question is a loud no, according to Chris Wylie. The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower sparked a global reform of privacy policies and regulations.
Instead of waiting until the metaverse starts interfering with our daily lives. He advises we should start pumping the brakes immediately.
A “building code of sorts” should be in place to protect the privacy and mental health of its users,” he argues.
The metaverse may be meant to provide its users with a certain narrative that slants their reality. Even though it’s considered to be constructed to enable people to travel about.
As we, our children become more immersed in digital culture, we need to think about this as citizens, not simply as marketers.
The metaverse is affecting every part of our life. Therefore we must ask ourselves, “Is there a need for a regulatory agency or some layer of social protection?” Richard says.
Every year, technology becomes more and more advanced. It is almost impossible to think of all how technology might help us lead more productive lives. You’d think we’d be able to just go into the grocery store. And pay for our purchases without ever having to go through the checkout line. This day has finally here, owing to advanced camera technology that can track our every step.
Chris thinks we’ve merely scratched the surface with this information. As things stand, “I anticipate that in 10 years. You’ll be able to come home and settle down to watch television as your television monitors you,” Chris adds.
Kitchen appliances will engage in a discussion with the television. To encourage you to buy anything, what might the television show to you? You’ll also have Facebook watching your kids play in the other room. Moreover, your self-driving car is determining when you arrive at work.
While the future may seem ‘scary,’ it is completely achievable with today’s capabilities. It’s not uncommon to find ordinary items in a setting like that. There is nothing sinister about a “smart fridge,” “smart TV,” or “smart automobile” on their own, he says.
You get something very deep about human agency when you connect these things. And put them into a system that is capable of monitoring, thinking about, and planning for you.” It is only now that we are creating surroundings that can think for ourselves.
Technology against nature
Chris reminds out that the modern environment places us in a world. Full of natural wonders and potentially dangerous technological forces. “As a species, we’ve evolved to be vulnerable to the forces of nature. But nature itself doesn’t have any plans for humans. We could run away from the Savannah because of some predator or devour an antelope because we want to.
To be a human in a world where everything around them suddenly has purposes. But we can’t perceive what those intentions are, what does it mean to be in the metaverse??”
Chris points out that the metaverse’s impact on human growth must be taken into account. Are there implications for those who have grown up in an environment? Where everything consumed has worked tirelessly to convert them into consumers?
Freedom of movement has played an important role in shaping who we are today. Growing and developing as a person is made possible by your life experiences. Including your dabbling and random happenstance. Then, what happens if the environment suddenly decides to become involved — categorizing you. Influencing your every behavior, and finally, grooming you into the ideal consumer??
Chris points out that privacy is only a minor piece of the picture in all of this. What’s at stake is far more important than how data is gathered or how it’s acquired.
Establishing a new vantage point
Chris argues it’s time for a change when a toaster in a kitchen has more safety standards than a platform that affects a billion people. He believes that the greatest approach to achieving such transformation is to begin at the root.
“The problem is that we’re not talking about the people who are responsible. The engineers and architects—in our discussions.” “Architecture and engineering are to blame for the damage,” he claims.
Similarly, when you look at other goods of technology and other products of engineering. Such as those in aircraft, civil engineering, and medicines, there are safety requirements. There are regular audits. Regulatory frameworks for a more secure online environment must be put in place. We must begin scrutinizing internet-based technical constructs immediately.
Even though many people now use smart gadgets regularly to keep tabs on their health. That stay in touch with friends, and have fun, Chris believes that in the future decades. These devices will have a stronger hold on their users. Smart gadgets may become the only means of communication with modern culture.
You can’t engage in society without accessing the metaverse in the next 10 or 20 years,” he continues. Fox News may take control of people’s reality—not just what they see on television, but actually what they see,” he explains.