Who Owns The Gateway To The Metaverse?

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fairly easy
Access to the metaverse will be one of the biggest topics of discussion and we need to talk about it now.
On August 6, 1991, without fanfare, Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website while working at CERN, the huge particle physics lab in Switzerland. Fitting that I write this on the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

"In those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it. Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer."

This is exactly where we are with conversations about the metaverse right now. Everyone is rushing to build their version, separately, and where we'll be in 5 years time is exactly where we are not 30 years later with the web.

I've already said that eventually there will be as many metaverse as there are websites - some dead, empty and full of virtual tumbleweed; some full of life and social interaction.

But how do you access them all?

What does that gateway look like?

Who owns that portal?

For a start and for the likes of many, that gateway will probably be something like a web browser. It needs to be exquisitely simple to allow everyone the ability to become part of the metaverse - whether on a tablet, PC, phone, even a TV. Which then begs the question - who is going to be the first to build one? Are we going to log in via Google Chrome? Microsoft Edge (lol)? DuckDuckGo?

The main problem with Zuckerberg's metaverse concept is how heavily he's leaning into the necessity of AR/ VR which excludes a vast majority and just caters for the tech bros again.

It's…
Theo Priestley
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