Mark Zuckerberg Tells Joe Rogan The Metaverse Will Be “Healthier,” But History Suggests Otherwise

Put aside your disdain for Mark Zuckerberg and his digital Frankensteins for a moment, and ponder this question: Could the so-called metaverse one day make our online ecosystem dysfunctional? better?

The Facebook co-founder and CEO of Meta, in a rare extended interview that aired Thursday with podcaster Joe Rogan, actually made a compelling, if seriously naïve, argument for the merits of the Metaverse.

In Zuckerberg’s vision, this still nebulous mix of augmented and virtual reality will help create more intimate social experiences, bringing people together (albeit in avatar form) in settings more conducive to friendlier relationships. Rather than passively shooting at each other from the comfort of a keyboard, Zuckerberg envisions a return to more active interactions in the budding creation of his business.

“I think it will probably be a lot healthier for us,” Zuckerberg told Rogan. “Rather than consuming all this extra context through this tiny little portal that we carry on a phone… I think so that it can be layered and people can come in and interact through it, I think it’s going to be powerful . »

Zuckerberg continued, “My goal for these next platforms, they will be more immersive and hopefully more useful, but I don’t necessarily want people to spend more time with computers. I just want the time people spend with screens to be better. Today, you’re mostly sitting in this beta state, consuming stuff.

In a way, Zuckerberg’s intuition is refreshing. Our current suite of technological devices has simultaneously made us more digitally connected yet physically isolated. A new ecosystem that makes it easier to see and hear each other should, in theory, help mend our fraying social fabric.

Yet Zuckerberg himself, along with fellow tech pioneer Jack Dorsey, showed us on Thursday why this utopian vision is more of a dream than fate.

Despite their original noble intentions for Facebook and Twitter to provide platforms to make the world more connected, both platforms have grown into uncontrollable monstrosities, causing damage their founders never intended.

To get a sense of the magnitude of these issues, consider how Zuckerberg told Rogan that Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, now spends about $5 billion a year on its “community integrity” teams. “. These units are responsible for identifying abusive content, removing harmful content and combating misinformation, among other tasks.

The scale of Meta’s safety, security and corporate issues are so vast that Zuckerberg admitted he wakes up most mornings and feels like he’s had a “punch in his face.” stomach” after watching the deluge of “not good” messages on his phone. Do you think that’s what Zuckerberg envisioned in his dorm at Harvard?

Dorsey was less elaborate on Thursday in his thoughts on Twitter’s state of being, but no less sad about its creation.

Asked by a seemingly random Twitter user if the platform “turned out the way you wanted it to,” Dorsey replied, “The biggest problem and my biggest regret is that it turned into a business.” He went on to say that he wanted Twitter to become “a protocol,” commonly defined as decentralized, interoperable tools used to power ubiquitous digital programs, like email and instant messaging.

The comment echoed Dorsey’s past gripes about Twitter becoming “owned by Wall Street and the advertising model.” While Dorsey didn’t go into detail about these complaints, the obvious implication is that financial motives have overtaken the platform, leading to the amplification of popular but divisive content and unnecessary censorship of speech.

In many ways, Zuckerberg finds himself in the early days of Facebook, trying to build something from scratch (albeit with billions of dollars and thousands of employees at his disposal this time).

“I just want to make sure that the experiences that we have aren’t just these passive things,” Zuckerberg told Rogan.

Yet the metaverse is already teeming with questions about troubling user behavior, ranging from harassment to hate speech to virtual violence. It’s also easy to envision a plethora of impending ethical dilemmas regarding what kind of interactions will be allowed, how behavior will be monitored, and how Meta’s monetary motives will influence its decision-making.

Zuckerberg might “just want to do” things, but he should know by now that it’s never that simple.

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Jacob Charpentier

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Service in the sticks. T-Mobile and SpaceX announced Thursday a partnership for provide wireless telephone service in rural parts of the United States that lack consistent coverage, Bloomberg reported. The deal will bolster service for existing T-Mobile customers in remote locations, most of whom won’t pay any additional fees to benefit. SpaceX will provide the coverage through its Starlink low-orbit satellite network, which has so far largely focused on expanding high-speed internet coverage in rural areas.

A pair of Plains plants? panasonic discuss the opportunity to build a $4 billion electric vehicle battery factory in the United States, an addition that would expand the Japanese conglomerate’s growing American footprint, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company, which is one of the main suppliers of You’re here EV batteries plans to invest in Oklahoma, near Tesla’s new assembly plant in Texas. Pasasonic previously unveiled plans in July for a similar $4 billion battery plant in Kansas, which would be separate from an Oklahoma-based project.

Still safe for now. A digital thief stolen internal source codes and documents of Last pass, a Massachusetts-based company that stores website usernames and passwords for more than 25 million people, The Register reported Thursday. The hacker did not access user login information and there is no evidence that the passwords were compromised, LastPass officials said. CEO Karim Touba said an unauthorized person entered LastPass’s internal systems through a “compromised single developer account.”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the west, nothing is new. California took a big step this week toward electrifying America’s roads — and in a surprising change, automakers haven’t really made a big splash. The New York Times reported Thursday that Golden State regulators, which have ticked off the auto industry in the past with aggressive climate-focused rules, avoided any major backlash by announcing that sales of internal combustion vehicles (namely, cars gasoline) will be banned from in 2035. The announcement was not necessarily expected to draw roars from Detroit and foreign automakers, given their promises in recent years to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in the development of electric vehicles. Still, the relative calm illustrates the rapidly changing attitude toward electric vehicles among automakers.

From article:

One of the reasons automakers are embracing rather than resisting the transition is that consumers have shown an appetite for electric models. In the first half of the year, more than 370,000 all-electric vehicles were sold in the United States, up 76% from a year earlier, according to Cox Automotive.

Additionally, manufacturers believe that sales of electric vehicles will continue to accelerate and overtake sales of gas-powered cars and trucks before long. Ford says it has more than 200,000 reservations for the F-150 Lightning electric pickup. GM said it has 150,000 for an electric Chevrolet Silverado, a truck that won’t go into production until next year.

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BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Source of confusion. Gaming journalism outfit GLHF had a real SMH moment on Friday morning. The outlet, whose acronym stands for Good Luck Have Fun, sent Wall Street into a frenzy when it reported that Amazon planned to announce a blockbuster bid to buy the video game developer electronic arts (the story was released on the USA TODAY website through a publishing deal). But within hours, USA TODAY removed the item because it “violated our editorial standards regarding the use of anonymous and unverified sources”. The retirement came after CNBC reported that allegations of a impending acquisition were fake. Despite the retraction, investors are still acting as if there is some truth to the rumors. Shares of Electronic Arts closed up 4% on Friday, while broader markets fell about 3%.

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