Fast Company Highlights Imagining the Internet Center Report on the Future of the "Metaverse"

Fast Company Highlights Imagining the Internet Center Report on the Future of the “Metaverse”

The report reflects the center’s work with the Pew Research Centers to interview hundreds of experts on how extended reality tools and the “metaverse” will evolve over the next two decades.

A recent report from Elon’s Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Research Centers was featured in an article in Fast Company that explores the future of the “metaverse.”

The report summarizes and analyzes a survey of hundreds of experts who were asked how they see technologies that push the boundaries of reality, such as augmented and mixed reality systems, evolving over the next two decades. and how the “metaverse” that taps into these technologies will impact everyday life.

In the article “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Metaverse,” Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken explores where the quest to establish the Metaverse as a fully immersive digital experience stands, and what what needs to happen to make it a reality. McCracken turns to the new Imagining the Internet Center and Pew Research Centers report to answer questions about how long it will be before we’re all “sucked into the metaverse – ready or not.”

It might take a while. In a recent survey of 624 technologists conducted by the Pew Research Center and Elon University in North Carolina, only a slim majority – 54% – thought the metaverse would be a highly evolved part of everyday life for at least 500 people. million people by 2040. Even that figure equates to just one tenth of the world’s internet population in 2022.

It’s not just about the technology being ready. Among Pew/Elon respondents, “a large portion predicted that the metaverse will not be widely adopted if the public perceives it as an even more pervasive and threatening geography of intrusive surveillance and creeping monetization” than the current internet, says Janna Anderson, director of the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University.

In addition to being published online, the article was also included in the October 2022 edition of the monthly magazine.

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