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Neil Stevenson, a science fiction writer, decided to launch his own “Metaverse”. The inventor of the term in the story in 1992, he clearly decided to switch it to reality. Its version will be more open than currently offered.
At a time when Mark Zuckerberg’s “metaverse” has been making a lot of noise, it’s worth remembering that the billionaire is not the inventor of the term. If this concept has already appeared before in various works, then for the first time it appeared in 1992 in a story entitled in French Le samouraï virtual. Written by writer Neil Stephenson.
However, the latter recently announced on Wired media his decision to take the concept out of his pages… “It’s like Nile coming down from the mountains, like Gandalf, to rebuild the metaverse into an open, decentralized, and creative order,” describes Rony Abovitz, an entrepreneur at robotics and augmented reality, for Wired. The latter is also a strategic advisor to Lamina1, a company Neil Stevenson co-founded with Bitcoin Foundation CEO Peter Vessenes.
So their idea was to propose a metaverse that wasn’t centered around one giant entity like Meta (formerly Facebook) at the present time. In fact, what they describe is a bit like the Internet, a metaverse version. “A scaffolding on which creators could build an open metaverse,” describes Wired.
Given the hype currently surrounding the concept of a metaverse, some are suspicious of the intentions of entrepreneurs, as Peter Vessenes describes. Did they just want to ride the wave of success to raise money? In fact, the entrepreneur explains that he asked himself this question about Neil Stevenson: “Potentially this is the first question: Is Neal selling his brand to the fucking metaverse? However, he assures us that “when people talk to us, they conclude that it is a matter of principled effort.”
Moreover, such a “turn” on the part of Neil Stephenson is not so surprising. As Wired recalls, throughout his writing career, he also worked part-time at several new technology companies. According to Peter Vessenes, Lamina1 currently employs three engineers. According to him, in the future, from 20 to 200 people will work on the company’s blockchain, as well as other specialists in the field of immersive and spatial technologies. A drop of water, if you compare this staff with the one that works for the giant Meta.
However, Lamina1 is only aimed at laying the foundations of an open metaverse, and not at its development as a whole. Therefore, everything will depend, no doubt, on the enthusiasm generated by the project. The project remains extremely ambitious, and there are few details about its specific implementation. However, some already believe it: “I think Neal can bring a moral and philosophical power to history that money can’t buy,” says Roni Abovitz, who now runs Sun and Thunder. “Is the world cynical? Or is the world idealistic? Do people want to be open, democratic and creative and work as equals, or do they want everything to be handed over to them? I’m like, let’s get our lightsabers and try! »