“We wanna enhance the here and now.”
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Everyone just keeps saying that they don't want to live in the metaverse and Meta and its CEO can't catch a break. David Limp, the head of devices at Amazon, said that he doesn't want to live in a virtual world 24 hours a day.

In an interview with the Financial Times last month, he said that he wanted the computer to be everywhere, as he was keen to do over it.

At the Future of Everything Festival, he was asked what he was thinking about the metaverse. He believes that there will be some form of place shifting in the future, but he is focused on devices that enhance the here and now.

What even is a metaverse?

If I asked these few hundred people what they thought the metaverse was, we would get 205 different answers. We don't have a common definition, it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

Here is our definition of the metaverse.

He said that augmented reality glasses are better than virtual reality because you can see the real world. He said that he wouldn't like if it distracted them from the here and now.

Meta's proposed future is critiqued by other people. The company's CEO said last month that the company's big bet is that there is no one definition of metaverse. Reggie Fils-Aim, the former head of Nintendo of America, said that people wouldn't want to spend all of their time in virtual reality.

After Apple announced the first iPhone, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ridiculed its lack of keyboard and price. There is a difference between saying that a product isn't great for one reason or another and saying that it is fundamentally incompatible with the way people want to live their lives. It's hard to say who will be right. I want it to be the guy from Amazon.