Had a chance to speak about regulating metaverse last week, this is something we all need to be aware of. What’s coming is a little more than what we can comprehend today. Sharing here for awareness purpose , I strongly recommend that you read the below write up.
What if I told you, a pair of VR glasses will cause a major threat to construction, electronics, transportation, education, fashion industries and the human relationships in just about 5-7 years from now.
You wouldn’t believe me anymore than what you would if someone had told you about the influence of internet and mobile phones on human beings 20 years back
Well, its not just the VR glasses but the metaverse that you have access to, through it, that will cause such a disruption. A disruption that will not just affect organizations or industries, cities or countries but the human civilization as a whole
What is the metaverse
It simply fakes your senses and let you experience a highly immersive virtual world where people gather to socialize, play, work and live.
How do you know you are sitting on a chair and reading this article on your cell phone or laptop
Its through your senses of touch, sight and hearing .. The fact is you can feel all this in metaverse to such an extent you will no more want to live in the real world as it gives you access to all the pleasures that you can only think of now, and mostly for free.
Your avatar can be taller or shorter than you are , blacker or whiter than you are. You can be of any gender or orientation of your choice. You could be a living as a king with many servants in the most luxurious private castles.
You can read newspaper in Mars, enjoy your coffee in Dubai and go for work in London in just seconds . You will not watch a movie , you will be in the movie, you will walk though the websites instead of looking at them on screens
You will no more need mobile phones or laptops, as you can instantly interact face to face with the avatar of the person you want to call and you can have your emails open in the skies.
Imagine what it will do to relationships if people can have as many partners as they want in the virtual world without anyone knowing about it and with the behaviour types of their choice
What will this do to the all the physical industries that exist today or even cities. You wont need them anymore. All you would need is a chair, a good internet connection and a pair of glasses. And all what you will go out for is to eat or treat
I totally understand the fact that Metaverse has tremendous application in the field of awareness and education, we ourselves have done some exciting projects for clients that brought down many days of physical trainings and site visits to just a few minutes of VR experiences without the learner having to move an inch.
We have worked on projects that helped companies to test real time business continuity responses to events such as earth quakes and terror attacks which they can experience virtually instead of doing mere table top exercises.
Do technical trainings where you can dis assemble and reassemble the most complex machineries without people having to wait in queues or misplacing parts
Yet , the spread and the accessibility of this in the common space is going to change things. If we do not regulate it , society as we know it might cease to exit in just a few years
As of now laws and regulations are limited to geographical locations. In metaverse, things happen in a parallel universe, a dead persons Avatar could be accused of committing a crime or the person who created the avatar might already be dead. Who shall be held responsible in such cases and by the law of which land shall they be judged..?
In my humble opinion there are three ways we can regulate the metaverse and we should all come together to the best we can , just as we had done in case of cloning or similiar things
- Top Level:
- Governments and leaders shall restrict the use of metaverse for educational purposes only
- Metaverse shall strictly be used as a paid service while common people get to access all essential services physically
- Mid Level:
- Purchase and use of Avatars should be linked and limited to a person and kept transparent.
- Manipulation of the minds shall not be allowed and usage of AI avatars in advertisements shall be regulated
- Restriction shall be made on collection of user data as even the facial expressions can be monitored in metaverse
- Individual Level:
- We as individuals should train ourselves to control our desires as all the pleasures and luxury will be just a gaze away
- Maintain daily time limit for the usage of metaverse and instil moral values in the our immediate circle
- Be thankful to every moment of our physical existence 🙂
As the dialogue in #Spiderman movie goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Today we have great power through technology ,tomorrow it will be even more, may be a bit more than what we can handle.
But we are people of hope, together, we have overcome many such challenges in the past and we will , in sha Allah overcome this too. And as we are taught in our tradition
Never despair of the mercy of your Lord.