Can the Metaverse Thrive if It’s Fully Owned by Facebook?

The metaverse. The metaverse is a simulated world that can be controlled using inputs from our reality. It combines cyberspace with meatspace to create one plane of existence. This sounds like something you would find in sci-fi movies from the 1990s. Facebook now wants to make this metaverse a reality.

With the aim of creating a virtual environment that allows people from all parts of the world to interact in a common dimension, the company has been actively exploring AR and VR tech. The company's most promising metaverse concept is the VR conference room for business meetings. Not super exciting, folks! Facebook has shown that its technology can change how we interact with each other in the future. We all can use Oculus apps and Facebook headsets to connect within the Facebook platform.

Gadget Lab talks with Peter Rubin (WIRED contributor, author of Future Presence) about Facebook's vision and whether a platform-agnostic version will ever be fully realized.

Show notes

Peter's story on Facebook Horizon Workrooms. Read Peter's story on the metaverse in Ready Player One. Peters book Future Presence is available in paperback. Lauren's story on Facebook's wrist wearables. Gilad Edelman also has a take on cargo pant.


Peter recommends Reservation Dogs. Lauren suggests a staycation because you deserve it. Mike recommends Peters newsletter The Peter Principle.

PeterRubin can also be found on Twitter @provenself Lauren Goode can be found at @LaurenGoode Michael Calore can be found @snackfight @GadgetLab's main hotline is Bling Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth) produced the show. Solar Keys is our theme music.

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