Matthew Rosenfeld, known as Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the Signal encrypted messaging service, writes a comprehensive analysis of Web 3, centralization and decentralization, NFT, cryptocurrencies, and a great deal more. His starting point: web3 is a somewhat ambiguous term, which makes it difficult to rigorously evaluate what the ambitions for web3 should be, but the general thesis seems to be that web1 was decentralized, web2 centralized everything into platforms, and … [Read more...] about Is Web 3 decentralization a pipe dream?
The metaverse isn't what you think it is because we don't know what it is, says CNET. It's a good starting point to think about a topic that I believe is one of three elements - metaverse, Web 3 and Internet 2 - that make up a singular entity that’s evolving. One of the three names might become the singular descriptor for all three. Or it might be something else entirely. The term "the metaverse" is simplistic, CNET says, adding that a number of metaverses will emerge along the lines of … [Read more...] about Pay attention to metaverse experiments
Two things happened recently that reminded me of the saying "what goes around, comes around" but in a good way. Both things concern the metaverse, Web 3 and Internet 2. These are terms that everyone is talking about online and offline, yet no one seems to be talking about them from the same page. The most recent reminder came a few days ago in a tweet from Joe Garde in Dublin who noted the state of things back in 2008. "Fun looking back.. 14 year's or so.. What we were doing in SL.. … [Read more...] about The Metaverse, Web 3 and Internet 2: the conversation (and hype) continues
Facebook’s rebranding as Meta has been seen by many as the company’s latest attempt at corporate crisis control. The social media giant has been publicly attacked for creating an environment that fosters far-right extremism and violating individuals’ data privacy. Yet it also represents an attempt to rebrand the growing power of tech monopolies to shape all areas of our lives through social expansion. It points to a troubling new era of “metacapitalism” – or “capitalism on steroids” as Forbes … [Read more...] about Metaverse: how Facebook rebrand reflects a dangerous trend in growing power of tech monopolies
It’s only a vision at this point, but technology companies like Facebook are aiming to make the metaverse the setting for many online activities, including work, play, studying and shopping. How do we ensure everyone has a say in how it develops? It's a question Shel and I considered in the primary discussion in the August episode of The Hobson & Holtz Report aka episode 210 of the For Immediate Release podcast published on August 23. We started with a definition. Wikipedia's is … [Read more...] about Considering the forthcoming metaverse