I am trying to ignore augmented reality and the metaverse, because I am perfectly happy living my life inside of a bubble. Those that live in an augmented world, integrate virtual elements into real-world environments and this will only work if the user is able to see the real world as it is right now. AR manipulates the real-world space that the user sees, altering their perception of reality. The person living in an augmented reality might be watching a live recording of the real world with virtual elements imposed on top of it. They may also be walking down the street and it becomes a wild amalgamation of the physical and the virtual worlds, merged so convincingly that the boundaries will disappear in their minds. These surroundings will become filled with persons, places, objects, and activities that don’t actually exist, and yet they will seem deeply authentic to us. I am totally happy being inside of my bubble, as living inside of an augmented world would probably drive me completely insane.
The countless layers of technology that exist between each of us and our daily lives, moderating our access to news and information, mediating our relationships with friends and family, filtering our impressions of products and services, and even influencing our acceptance of basic facts, is easier to deal with inside of my bubble. The abuse of media technologies has made everyone vulnerable to distortions and misinformation, and with all of the fake news that is going around these days, it is possible that reality as we know it, could end up disappearing forever. The metaverse is a relatively new idea, being a hypothesized “imaginary place” immersive and embodied iteration of the internet, that is supposedly going to be the next big thing that’s going to revolutionize our online lives. Mark Zuckerberg says that we will be able to do almost anything you can imagine, like get together with friends and family, work, learn, play, shop, create, as well as entirely new categories that don’t really fit how we think about computers or phones today, but I am happy being inside of my own bubble and I don’t want to have to purchase any virtual and augmented reality headsets to get through my day.
Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge #207, where today she gives us three prompts to choose from, so we can either write a story from inside a bubble or Augmented reality, or Metaverse.