The Metaverse is coming. This is what you need to know

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Guest: Emma Westecott, Associate Professor of Game Design at OCAD University and Co-Director of Game: Play Lab

The Metaverse is coming. Long considered one of the next big breakthroughs in shared digital spaces, the Metaverse idea recently got a boost from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when he announced that the company is investing $ 10 billion and renaming its own platform with the name Meta. But Facebook is not alone. There are already worlds and platforms of games like Fortnite and Roblox that are building elements of it. There is a long way to go before we get to something that has been depicted in movies like “The Matrix” and “Ready Player One.” But as the development really gets underway, now is the time to ask ourselves what we want the Metaverse to look like and how to make it beneficial to everyone.

Raju Mudhar is a co-host and producer on the Star podcast team. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @rajumudhar
Facebook recently renamed Meta, as the company is betting big on the Metaverse, a shared digital space where people can interact.  In this image, Facebook gives a visual example of avatars gathered in a virtual space.

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