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Will we see mass consumer adoption of the metaverse?

I don't think the metaverse has widespread consumer appeal coming out of the tech quarter like social networking did, because it's not going to replace your phone. You're still going to use your phone and desktop. You're going to use the biggest screen you can to get the most out of your avatars. What has changed is trust and privacy. We are not the naive generation that we were when Facebook first came out, or MySpace even before that. But Gen Z folks, as well as some millennials, seem willing to trade that level of privacy and anonymity in a way that we would never. But if a global enterprise pushes this onto the consumer because they view it as just another channel, that's what will drive mass adoption and the rest of us are going to have to catch up.

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I don't think the metaverse has widespread consumer appeal coming out of the tech quarter like social networking did, because it's not going to replace your phone. You're still going to use your phone and desktop. You're going to use the biggest screen you can to get the most out of your avatars. What has changed is trust and privacy. We are not the naive generation that we were when Facebook first came out, or MySpace even before that. But Gen Z folks, as well as some millennials, seem willing to trade that level of privacy and anonymity in a way that we would never. But if a global enterprise pushes this onto the consumer because they view it as just another channel, that's what will drive mass adoption and the rest of us are going to have to catch up.
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My favorite thing in Oculus land is traveling via Google Earth — it’s cool, but I'm not going to spend my life there. My father's blind; he can't live in the metaverse. Then there are people who just aren't big on technology and don't want to spend their lives there for that reason. So I'm not convinced it's going to be as widespread of a technology as mobile is. And without that, I don't know that you can get the level of investment needed for things to go at the pace that they need to in order for the technology to be consumable and realize its vision in our lifetime. It's not that it technically couldn't happen. If we did a moon project to create the holodeck, we could probably do it in 10 years but I don't expect there will be any motivation to do a moon project around the metaverse. 
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