- Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, made fun of the metaverse on Tuesday.
- Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, said he wants Facebook to become a “metaverse company.”
- Dorsey agreed with a tweet that said the metaverse could be “a dystopian corporate dictatorship.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made fun of the “metaverse,” a concept Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been pushing as the future of both Facebook and the internet at large.
The “metaverse” refers to a future version of the internet where, instead of accessing the web through laptops and phones, people use virtual-reality and augmented-reality devices to enter a virtual space.
Dorsey indicated late on Tuesday that he thought the idea was dystopian.
A Twitter user tweeted about Zuckerberg’s metaverse ambitions, mentioning that the term was first coined by the science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel “Snow Crash.” The user said, “It originally described a virtual world owned by corporations where end users were treated as citizens in a dystopian corporate dictatorship.”38/html/container.html
The user asked, “What if Neal was right?”
Dorsey responded to the tweet: “NARRATOR He was.”
Facebook announced on Monday that it intended to hire 10,000 people in Europe over the next five years to help build the metaverse.