Aug. 30, 2021

The Metaverse Reality

The Metaverse Reality

Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. In episode #110 of the podcast, the topic is: Th...


Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. In episode #110 of the podcast, the topic is: The Metaverse Reality. Our guest is Mark van Rijmenam, PhD, Futurist, Founder of Datafloq & Mavin.

In this conversation, we talk about [the organization of tomorrow, the increasing blending of online and offline worlds, reality and virtual reality, into a hybrid reality. In the metaverse, we might find sovereign identities where people and bots work, play, learn and consume, operating in an increasingly virtually empowered world. We discuss the potential of an impending productization of that hybrid reality with unforeseeable consequences.

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Trond's takeaway: The metaverse, for all the hype, is just another version of the internet. It might be a badly designed version, though, and that is not helpful. The upside, perhaps, is that as people embrace virtual worlds they might get some needed break from a tough reality. However, at the moment, the metaverse is looking like it will be productized way early in its lifecycle and that will limit the creation of the kind of innovation space that spurred the internet into a broad humanity expanding platform.]

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Mark van Rijmenam

Futurist, Founder of Datafloq & Mavin

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is The Digital Speaker. He is a future tech strategist who thinks about how technology changes organisations and society. He is the digital anchor of The Tech Journal, where his digital twin covers the digital world from inside the digital world. Dr Van Rijmenam is the author of three best-selling management books on big data, blockchain and AI. His latest book, The Organisation of Tomorrow – details how AI, blockchain and analytics turn your business into a data organization. He is the founder of Datafloq.com, a leading content platform on emerging technologies. He recently founded Mavin.org, a tokenised ecosystem of tools to fight misinformation, bad bots and online trolls through crowdsourced trust. Mark holds a PhD in Management from the University of Technology in Sydney, where he did research on how big data, blockchain and AI are changing organisations.