Personal Boundaries in the Metaverse

Meta announced “Personal Boundary” for Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues, which “prevents avatars from coming within a set distance of each other, creating more personal space for people and making it easier to avoid unwanted interactions.” This is a “force field” that I would like IRL to protect me from any number of relatives who get a bit too close when chatting at family gatherings. That said, do we really need these protections for the cartoon characters that represent us in a cartoon metaverse?

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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