The creator of the Macintosh iPod has warned that the claimed metaverse risks creating more savages and damaging the human connection.
According to Tony Fadell, the augmented experience-based metaverse removes the ability to “examine the other individual’s face”.
“Assuming you place innovation between that human interaction, that’s where the damage happens,” he said.
The Metaverse is a computer-generated simulation world in which people are believed to create symbols of themselves to communicate with others in internet-based realities.
It will be used for fun, but also in places like business and music concerts, and is usually accessed via an augmented reality headset.
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook manages billions of dollars and hires a large number of workers to build a metaverse.
Last year Facebook, which also owns Instagram, Whatsapp and Oculus, changed the name of its parent company to Meta.
“While you’re trying to develop social communication and social bonding, when you can’t inspect the other person’s face, you can’t see their eyes, you don’t have humanistic means of interfacing,” Mr. Fadell said.
“It’s become disintermediated, and then you have the ability to generate more savages, people who hide behind stuff and then use it to make their potential advantage stand out.”
“We really want to take back control of this human relationship,” he continued, “and we don’t need any more innovation between us.”
Tech behemoth Microsoft and Epic Games, makers of PC game Fornite, are also investing heavily in the metaverse.
Microsoft includes 3D virtual symbols and conditions in its teams tour architecture, which should be available this year.
According to Zuckerberg, the metaverse is “a characterized online where, rather than just viewing things, you’re there.”
He told The Verge that people shouldn’t survive on “little shiny square shapes” like their phones.
“A lot of the meetings we have these days, you’re looking at a mesh of faces on a screen. Likewise, that’s not how we deal with things.
However, people’s ability to create and hide behind symbols has sparked speculation and concerns about their safety in the metaverse.
“Would you choose to be a purified symbol rather than your true self?” remarked Ken Kutaragi, who designed Sony’s PlayStation game control center. This is much the same as unidentified message board destinations.
“We deprecated text commentary and with online reviews, we had it with recordings, and now we will have it with the metaverse,” Fadell added.
Mr Fadell was speaking after Apple announced the discontinuation of the iPod Touch.
The tiny music player, which came out a long time ago, changed the way people listen to and store music. Mr. Fadell has also worked on Apple’s iPhone.
Mr. Fadell commented on the demise of the iPod saying, “I’ve been in the innovation business long enough to realize the pace of innovation and the march of innovation goes on forever, it was a amazing period for the iPod. it’s the job we’re in, tragically, so I’m used to it.