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News from the Future: Fortnite + The Metaverse

In this Issue: New MIND & MACHINE Episode: Future of WarLife Takes ShapeThe Metaverse Takes Shape
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News from the Future: Fortnite + The Metaverse
In this Issue:
  • New MIND & MACHINE Episode: Future of War
  • Life Takes Shape
  • The Metaverse Takes Shape
  • Today Shaping Tomorrow
  • The Future Unleashed

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The Metaverse Takes Shape
Concept art for the metaverse-envisioning film Ready Player One
Concept art for the metaverse-envisioning film Ready Player One
The Fortnite video game has been on a rampage, I’ve featured the two most interesting recent stories below. Beyond an engaging game, this massively interactive and inherently social digital environment gives us a glimpse into virtual worlds to come, a true Metaverse is getting closer:
The term “Metaverse” stems from Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash, and describes a collective virtual shared space that’s created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and persistent virtual space. In its fullest form, the Metaverse experience would span most, if not all virtual words, be foundational to real-world AR experiences and interactions, and would serve as an equivalent “digital” reality where all “physical” humans would simultaneously co-exist. It is an evolution of the Internet. More commonly, the Metaverse is understood to resemble the world describe by Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (brought to film by Steven Spielberg in 2018).
Of course, early versions of the Metaverse will be far simpler – but the foundational elements will go well beyond “gaming”. Specifically, we’d see in-game economies (e.g. trading, bartering and buying items) become more of an industry where humans will literally “work”.
Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) founder Tim Sweeney thinks the Metaverse represents the “next version” of the Internet – a matter of when, not if. The core technology will soon be available: “The big thing we are lacking now,” he said, “are the ‘deep inputs’ that come from inward- and outward-looking cameras that can capture our facial expressions as well as the environment around us… That technology has already been proven to work at a high-end commercial level costing tens of thousands of dollars. It’s probably as little as three years away.”
– Exerpts from Matthew Ball’s Redef story below
Fortnite Is the Future, but Probably Not for the Reasons You Think
Today Shaping Tomorrow
The Rise of the Robot Reporter
How AI is changing photography
How the geography of climate damage could make the politics less polarizing
Tech Splits the U.S. Work Force in Two
The Future Unleashed
Impossible Burger CEO on a New Kind of Food: The Mission that Motivates Us
Making AI More Emotional
What is a Quantum Computer?
Heard on Twitter
Building upon the story of Fortnite and the Metaverse above, something is happening here…
Matthew Ball
2:16 PM - 17 Jan 2019
Matthew Ball
Fortnite is Netflix's most threatening competitor.
12:17 PM - 6 Dec 2018
That’s all for now, See you next week!
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