A Metaverse is, in the eyes of Facebook, simply another architecture for oppressing people. It is Facebook’s quantum leap forward to becoming a government of its own.
This scenario is not difficult to create because it is already part of our reality. It is the result of the new normal that we have been exposed to for the past two years.
Facebook wants to turn this reality into its own environment for workers without an office, for children without school, for the sick without health insurance, for activists without a community.
The Metaverse is a world of fake freelancers who sign in every day without the company risking an inspection. It is a festival for friends who do not have money to leave the house, dressing in what they want without having a penny to spend.
In the alternative world of Facebook, we will continue to spend money on suits and dresses and other consumer items that will raise our status in the new dimension.
The Metaverse is a filter exclusively controlled by Facebook that impersonates itself on the internet. From a structural point of view, the model is typical of a digital platform on which others will develop applications to integrate their projects, in the same way that developers, companies and organizations now make apps and video games for Android and iOS.
This universe will be a strongly centralized fiefdom where the different models of offices and universities, sports centers, kindergartens and hospitals will pay their corresponding taxes and all events, from appointments to the Olympics and political campaigns, will be mediated by and subject to changing laws and idiosyncrasies of a single individual.
Out in the Matrix
The main instrument of the Metaverse will be some type of device that will surround us to guarantee adherence to the addiction that this environment will create and where surveillance and manipulation of people will be the main objective.
On the one hand, it allows the user to be isolated and trained with the same kind of dopamine circuits and artificial rewards as a social network on a mobile phone, but in a more persuasive way.
On the other, it is able to analyze their reactions much more directly, studying their eyeballs while bombarding them with millions of photons from its stereoscopic screen.
The interoperability between the different proposals will guarantee that the user remains plugged in for as long as possible. That it is more comfortable for him to be inside than to go out into the physical and real world.
At this time, a constellation of technologies converges that make the leap towards a new paradigm possible, one that we have been hearing a lot about in the last decade: The Internet of Things and Transhumanism.
This is what 5G will be used for, as it allows delegating the performance of data processing in the cloud.
Other significant advances will come from the world of neurobiology.
Facebook finances operations on patients with neurological problems along with the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California to “collaborate” in the development of algorithms capable of translating the words a brain thinks into text in real time.
Ultimately, what they want is to find a way to make people move objects with their minds, but that is not yet operational. However, there are other stakeholders betting lots of money on this possibility. Elon Musk founded Neuralink with money from Google, among others, and for the same purpose.
The implicit promise is that if that door opens, it will open in two directions. The first one that gets the user to move objects and write with his mind, will be able to read the mind of the user and move it in any direction, hence complete mind control over humans will be possible.
Mark Zuckerberg presented two device models: a virtual helmet capable of reading the wearer’s gestures to reflect them on his avatar simultaneously, and mixed reality glasses capable of superimposing Meta reality on everyday reality.
The first is much closer than the second, but they are two phases of the same idea: living in a world permanently interpreted by Facebook algorithms. This is an interesting proposition from a company that loves discord, hates nipples, and amplifies neo-Nazi groups in the name of free expression.
If you think this Metaverse is crazy and that it will never come to life, check out what people in high places in academia think about it: “And nothing is more inadvertent than connectivity lives inside our own heads. If we go from the desktop computer to the laptop and from the laptop to the mobile, a widely accepted idea is that the next technological leap will be from the pocket to the head, devices that will connect us directly from the mind to the Internet”, says Rafael Yuste, neurobiologist and professor at Columbia University.
Facebook’s initiative is not about a parallel universe or about entertainment; it is about controlling and changing human nature. “We have been studying the brain for 100 years and we still do not have a general theory of how it works,” Yuste says. “Humans are mental creatures and if we register mental activity and identify it, it gives us the possibility to change it.”
Technically, this vision is already possible. Politically, it should require a lot of collaboration. That is why he wants to “work with governments across the EU to find the right people and the right markets to do this.”
His plan requires the complicity of institutions in countries where schooling is compulsory and workers have rights, a problem that it will not have in other countries. It also requires land for data centers, pyramids of subcontractors and discounts on the electricity bill.
The pandemic has accelerated the commitment to the world of telecommunications and renewables. Much of the European aid funds will be used to boost the development of 5G networks and decarbonisation.
Meta wants to colonize that infrastructure at a bargain price and capitalize its resources with a proprietary and opaque platform designed for exploitation.
We must avoid this from happening if we want to continue being human and free individuals. That access to education and public health remains a right and not a privilege.
Failing to fight against becoming fuel for a world simulation will turn us exactly into what the image above depicts: supplies for a virtual production line.