I’m happy to announce that /r/metaverse is now a public subreddit which is dedicated to the discussion of metaverse issues. Do you have an article to share? A question to ask? Head on over to /r/metaverse and join the conversation.
On a more personal note, I’ve returned to my writing. I am currently drafting an article which explains Festival Blanket, an application for shared public experiences for a VR audience. Some of our previous conversations about scale and non-euclidean space end up working their way into the solution. Stay tuned!
As many of you know, I am working to do something more than just analyzing, commenting, and reviewing virtual world and metaverse issues. I am actually proposing a viable metaverse design.
I have an upcoming article, currently titled, “The Metaverse. Actually Explained.” It is the first article that directly advances that effort. It provides a definition of what the Metaverse is, demonstrates a whole new market for applications, illustrates the real-world value the Metaverse provides, and gives us a starting point on how we actually go about implementing it.
I’m making this article available ahead of time to a limited number of people for the purpose of a private peer review. You get an early look at the article and a chance to shape where it is heading. In exchange, you agree to provide your feedback on what you see, and you promise to keep the article confidential until published. Simple as that.
I’m wanting to keep the circle somewhat limited at this time, so I’m going to restrict it to those who have at least had some sort of interaction with me as of yesterday. Twitter follower, online discussions, etc. If you’re interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org agreeing to these terms and reminding me how I know you.
I’m looking forward to where this goes.
Going forward, some of my more major articles may be published through UploadVR. Articles that are published through UploadVR will appear on the Metaversing site shortly thereafter.
You may wonder what is behind this agreement. Have I decided to start writing for financial compensation? No, not at all.
From my side, this arrangement is practical. I gain access to an editor to review and enhance my work, I receive a better insight into the process of writing for a public audience, and I reach a far greater number of viewers than I would on my own website.
From their side, they gain first access to some very unique material, since most of my writing contains original research. I’m already seeing the value of this partnership, and I’d expect this arrangement to remain in place as long as it works out well for both of us.
So, this is just a heads-up. If you see some of my work promoted on UploadVR and linked to their website, that’s just fine by me. We both benefit from working together.
You may have seen my interest security issues in articles like The Metaverse and the Virtual Home, Representing unknown avatars in high traffic public spaces, and especially Griefing and the Metaverse. This isn’t by chance.
In addition to my day-to-day job, I am taking some graduate level computer security courses as part of my continuing education. I’ve been able to explore how these general computer security concepts apply to the Metaverse in interesting ways.
The academic year is finally coming to an end, and I need to buckle down and get some assignments turned in. I’ll be taking a week or two off to wrap those things up, and then I’ll be back to writing more articles.
I’m trying to decide if I want to talk more about the Virtual Home, or a proposal for the structure of a modern Metaverse. If I talk about a modern Metaverse, I’d probably want to lay some more groundwork first. Thoughts?
On another note, I received an old book in the mail today. $7.22 shipped. As always, I embed no referral code, and I claim no relationship to the book, author, publisher, or seller (other than having purchased the book).
I’ve only had time to skim over it today. It has fourteen different articles written by academics in the 1990s. So far, it looks pretty good. It has some good sections (communications theory, applications, immersiveness), and a few dated topics (location-based VR entertainment, cyberpunk culture).
My copy is lightly annotated by its previous owner and, actually, that’s something that I appreciate because they’ve picked out some of the good bits for me. If you can pick this one up cheap, it is probably worth adding to your library.
That’s all for today. See you again shortly.