Second Life creator Philip Rosedale is questioning Facebook’s plans to create its own metaverse.
In a recent interview Axios, Rosedale talked about his doubts about future attempts to build the Metaverse and the questions that still remain in the digital space.
Rosedale pioneered some of the ideas for a playable Metaverse on Second Life, an online platform that saw players create avatars and live in virtual worlds. People who visit Second Life can do it for a variety of reasons, whether it’s a small one to interact with friends or check their surroundings, or a deeper level by taking on a job as a performer, politician, or teacher. I did that. There were certainly a lot to keep occupying people.
Rosedale founded Linden Labs in 1999 and worked until 2013. Meanwhile, Second Life has become an increasingly popular way of living digitally. Over the years, a huge number of people have been involved in the platform, peaking at over 1 million, and the Swedish government has even set up embassies within the platform.
Having worked on most of the 20 years of the concept, Rosedale explains how his view of the concept has changed over time. “What we’ve learned is a bit sad, but given the work I’ve done, I think we need to agree. It’s not for everyone, and probably not for everyone. That’s what he says.
As part of the interview, Rosedale talked about the appeal of the Metaverse at the time, stating that there was a belief that “inevitably we all will spend more and more parts of our lives in the virtual world.” Despite the popularity of the game, the creator emphasizes many lessons learned from his time in Second Life.
According to Rosedale, Second Life generally didn’t want people to spend long periods in it, even though it gave them the freedom to escape reality and lead a life of change in a digital environment. The author states that people were uncomfortable with controlling their avatar version and communicating that way with others.
Rosedale says many of these factors have not yet been answered by new companies like Meta that are trying to build for a new version of the Metaverse. “We’re still having this heavy question of what causes the average person to be willing to enter these online spaces in many cases,” he says. “And I think we haven’t answered that question yet.”
Despite questioning further pursuits to build the Metaverse, Rosedale remains optimistic that the virtual world will play a role in future human interactions. “Maybe we can create a public space that can be positive for people, where we can make new friends and shout about injustice,” he said before this modern day. The vision requires public freedom and is not controlled by one big company.
For more information on Facebook, check out this article detailing the company’s recent rebranding to Meta and how it fits in with the company’s big focus on creating the Metaverse.
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