Imagine adopting an AI character: one that could think for itself, learn, and, um… obey you. Now, train it and put it in a world with other people's adopted AI characters. What you have is The Simulation: a new virtual world filled with subjugated AI characters. Continue Reading →
The problem with catch-all phrases is that they can mean anything to anyone. Imagine my excitement seeing this headline on TechCrunch this morning: "Disney launches web3 experience to celebrate 100 years of Disney music." Continue Reading →

Abandoning The Mines

I decided to shut down my ETH mining operations a few hours before the Merge last night. It was getting close to midnight, and I didn't want my mining rigs grinding away at "nothing" in the middle of the night. So, with all due pomp and circumstance, I began an orderly, ceremonious abandonment of my mining operations. Continue Reading →

How many avatars will I need?

Greetings from LGA Terminal C, Gate 63. I'm on my way to Syracuse University to teach my class IRL (as opposed to on Zoom). While walking the mile and a half to the gate, I imagined my avatar doing this same walk in a virtual world. Or, more succinctly, I imagined my physical self walking through a mixed reality airport experience. Continue Reading →
Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) has confirmed that it is inflating the price of Quest 2 VR headsets by $100 on August 1. As far as I can tell, you can still find both models at the lower prices, but time is running out and the price to enter the observable Zuckerverse will soon inflate. Continue Reading →
Generally speaking, technology is neither good nor bad; that distinction is for people. Technology is simply a fancy word for tools; generally speaking, banning tools is a way for central authorities to demonstrate and maintain power. Minecraft is a central authority clearly afraid of decentralized technologies (such as blockchain and NFTs) and how Web3 tech might empower its users. Continue Reading →