The metaverse and the disembodied self: The Telegraph

(The column was first published in The Telegraph on November 18, 2021)

  • Ever since Facebook rebranded itself as Meta last month, a concept that was first mooted in a 1992 science fiction novel by Neal Stephenson has become perhaps the most discussed and debated term in cyberspace (and elsewhere). The concept, that of the ‘metaverse’, has been specifically stated to be the inspiration for the rebranding. As the “Founder’s Letter, 2021” by the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg states, “The next platform will be even more immersive — an embodied internet where you’re in the experience, not just looking at it…

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