Aren't We Living in the Metaverse Already?


What do we use our feet for? walking. Moving and getting from point A to point B. Why? to do something at place B. Now, what if we can do that work without having to be at place B?

If it is possible to create an augmented reality headset that when we put it on our head, our brain sensors will receive all those images, sensations, smells, touch, lights and colors that are happening in place B, what is the difference between being and not being there? nothing.

Our legs can be considered a set of muscles and bones that are responsible for moving and bearing human weight. If our muscles and bones can be replaced with strong and flexible metals and powerful motors, it can be used for years and years without pain and discomfort and without worrying about aging. If there was a defect, we unscrew them and add some lubricants, or change the wiring, or replace them with a pair of new updated motors .

In the same way, a large number of parts and organs of the body can be replaced with their mechanical substitutes. Of course, some of these replacements have already happened. A heart that its job is to pump blood can be replaced with a very precise and perfect electric pump. Or a kidney which basically its job is to purify the blood, can be replaced with a very advanced filter. This way, we can not only forget about the kidney pain, but also learn about the smallest change in the content of blood and urine.

New artificial lungs that deliver fresh oxygen to the body might occasionally need a brief dusting or a firmware upgrade during pollution seasons.

Titanium bones that are very strong and lightweight. Eyes that see much sharper than the most powerful mobile phone cameras today. And ears that trivialize the most sensitive microphones.

However, it may not be possible to replace the brain and nervous system with a very advanced computer and communication network anytime soon.

If the time comes when all these artificial devices can be combined in one large and integrated device and its inputs and outputs are connected to the brain with a series of wires, cables and pipes, there will be no need for each one of them.

In fact, they can be separated and what remains is a brain that is connected to a device with a number of wires, cables and pipes.

Metaverse Brains

Now imagine a group of people, which are actually a group of brains, each in a glass jar containing a preservative and connected to the central system with cables. All their communications are established through this central system. They live very normally in this virtual space.

All the signals needed for our understanding of ourselves, and our surroundings, are processed and simulated directly in the brain. As a result, everything is so real that it is impossible to differentiate between reality and this new virtual reality.

How do you know that this is not the case even now?! That is, how can you be sure that you are not just a brain in a jar? And we use “cryptocurrency” to pay for playing the next round of a game that is called life, until our account runs out of money and we see a Game-Over sign?

If we pay again, we can choose other games, other lives, other places, and other roles in this metaverse and play another round. And in order to fully enjoy the new game, the memory of our previous games is automatically deleted before starting the new game.



The Innovation Factory by Soheil Abbasi

Soheil is an experienced innovation director with 12+ years of startup acceleration & open innovation, chief Innovation officer at The Innovation Factory.