Human-Machine Interactions of the Future: Unpopular Opinions [Part 1]

That is half 1 of a 3-part weblog collection on a Cisco futurist’s views on some buzzy phrases and expertise tendencies.

At Cisco, I’m chargeable for the way forward for human-machine interplay. The way forward for human-machine interplay spans an exploration into every kind of futures — from the way forward for belief and better training to the way forward for quantum web and IoT. And when , and projecting out seemingly futures, there isn’t any lack of differing views, conflicting data, and challenges to the groupthink that’s driving our firms and cultures in sure instructions.

I not too long ago listened to the Cash within the Metaverse episode of Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View podcast, which addresses blockchain, cryptocurrency, and the Metaverse. The podcast’s two audio system, Azhar and Citi’s Rohit Ghose, mentioned a few views that I’ve additionally expressed and advocated for inside my circle – opinions which have been thought-about unpopular ones.

On this collection, I’d prefer to share a few of my very own views and opinions on Web3, the Metaverse, and the way forward for human-machine interplay. Maybe collectively we will problem and develop and in the end all find yourself higher ready for the Web that can really develop within the subsequent decade.

“The one weak point in holding an unpopular opinion

is the unwillingness to vary if new data invalidates it.”

I’m unintimidated in holding well-informed however counter-cultural opinions about sure issues regarding the way forward for human-machine interplay. In regards to the Metaverse. About Web3 and NFTs. In regards to the Way forward for the Web (and the way we’ll work together with it). In any case, the one weak point in holding an unpopular opinion is the unwillingness to vary if new data invalidates it. I’m at all times prepared to vary my perspective with new data.

Defining phrases for the way forward for human-machine interactions

A pure a part of my position and accountability has revolved across the Metaverse, which we’ve been actively engaged in exploring and constructing the infrastructure for over the previous a number of years. For a lot of, the Metaverse is a mysterious idea that brings to thoughts digital actuality gaming and blocky Roblox avatars. Some establish Second Life as the unique Metaverse, with a sturdy GDP value a surprising $500MM.

It is sensible for me to share a couple of definitions right here to set the stage for the subsequent installments on this weblog collection on human-machine interactions sooner or later.

What’s the Metaverse?

Definitions of the Metaverse range, however these are a few of my favourite interpretations:

“The metaverse is the second in time the place our digital life is value extra to us than our bodily life.”
— Shaan Puri, former Twitch Supervisor

“The ‘Metaverse Continuum…’ is a spectrum of digitally enhanced worlds, realities, andbusiness fashions poised to revolutionize life and enterprise within the subsequent decade.”
— Accenture

“First coined in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 Sci-Fi novel Snowcrash, I see the Metaverse because the gradual convergence of the digital world with the bodily world.
A world the place we now not discover a distinction between our digital avatars and our bodily selves. A world the place sensible lenses and BCI units allow us to be surrounded by data – interactive data for work, leisure, training, and extra. That is the subsequent iteration of the web.
And as dystopian it might sound, that is the subsequent iteration of life.”
— Ryan Gill, Cofounder & CEO of Crucible

“Metaverse” isn’t the one time period cited when discussing this new paradigm. Omniverse and Multiverse are others bandied about, and people ideas contact on a extremely important think about defining the embodied web. And there’s additionally some debate about how the Metaverse will work together with the idea of Web3.

What’s Web3?

Since Web3 is one other buzzy time period, I’ll additionally share my definition of Web3, which some folks see as the subsequent model of the Web. Nevertheless, a Web3 expertise is completely different than our internet expertise right now (Web2) in a couple of methods:

How Web3 differs from Web2, right now’s internet expertise:

  • As a substitute of residing on centralized servers, Web3 is hosted on a decentralized platform, exterior of the management of huge tech firms, which makes it a extra impartial, democratic place.
  • As a substitute of content material being created largely by firms, Web3 is creator-driven and collaborative, leveraging cryptocurrency as cost for creations and belongings designed by anybody artistic, typically minted as NFTs.
  • As a substitute of the cell web within the 2010s, Web3 is an “embodied web,” present on the intersection of our bodily our bodies and senses with the digital world, the unification of which I take into account combined actuality or prolonged actuality.
  • As a substitute of a spot the place consumer information may be collected by Large Tech, Web3 is a spot the place information is publicly verifiable, and customers can see what occurs with their private information by way of the clear ledgers innate on the blockchain, controlling and defending private information from being unethically used or abused.
  • Web3 is safe, permitting folks to log in utilizing blockchain-based authentication (akin to “SIWE” & “EIP-4361”) and blockchain-based id (akin to “ENS”) as a substitute of utilizing human-generated passwords, or centralized password managers, which may be stolen from hacked websites.

The Web3 idea has been lauded by cryptocurrency buyers, innovators, startups, and enterprise capitalists who’re investing closely in decentralization. Now that we’ve outlined the Metaverse and Web3, we will transfer on to 6 unpopular opinions I’m going to share. Keep tuned for the subsequent weblog on this collection!

Do you agree or disagree with my definitions? How would you describe the Metaverse and Web3? I’d love to listen to your ideas within the feedback beneath! 


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