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Stephen Downes

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Usually the Economist puts their stuff behind a paywall, but I'm hoping this advertorial content remains available, if only so we can continue to access the report (30 page PDF) co-authored with Meta and read Matthew Ball's comprehensive definition of the metaverse:

"a massively scaled and interoperable network of real-time rendered 3D virtual worlds and environments. These can be experienced synchronously and persistently by an effectively unlimited number of users with an individual sense of presence, and with continuity of data, such as identity, history, entitlements, objects, communications and payments."

Yes, the word '3D' is in there, but notice how small a part it plays when compared with core concepts like decentralization, persistence, identity and presence. This is where the real work is being done; the virtual environment is just one of many presentation layers.

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