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  • The Metaverse

  • And How It Will Revolutionize Everything
  • Written by: Matthew Ball
  • Narrated by: Luis Moreno
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Apple Books: Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2022

Amazon: Editors' Choice in Nonfiction

Fast Company: Selected Among 11 Best Technology Books of Summer 2022

Tim Sweeney (CEO of Fortnite-maker Epic Games): “Matthew Ball’s essays have defined, analyzed, and inspired the Metaverse for years. His book is an approachable and essential guide to the strategic, technical, and philosophical foundations of this new medium.”

“This book feels like a rare achievement―a definitive statement about an emerging phenomenon that could shape the digital world, the global economy, and the very experience of human consciousness.”―Derek Thompson, Atlantic staff writer and national best-selling author of Hit Makers

From the leading theorist of the Metaverse comes the definitive account of the next internet: what the Metaverse is, what it will take to build it, and what it means for all of us.

The term “Metaverse” is suddenly everywhere, from the front pages of national newspapers and the latest fashion trends to the plans of the most powerful companies in history. It is already shaping the policy platforms of the US government, the European Union, and the Chinese Communist Party.

But what, exactly, is the Metaverse? As pioneering theorist and venture capitalist Matthew Ball explains, it is a persistent and interconnected network of 3D virtual worlds that will eventually serve as the gateway to most online experiences, and also underpin much of the physical world. For decades, these ideas have been limited to science fiction and video games, but they are now poised to revolutionize every industry and function, from finance and healthcare to education, consumer products, city planning, dating, and well beyond.

Taking us on an expansive tour of the “next internet,” Ball demonstrates that many proto-Metaverses are already here, such as Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox. Yet these offer only a glimpse of what is to come. Ball presents a comprehensive definition of the Metaverse before explaining the technologies that will power it―and the breakthroughs that will be necessary to fully realize it. He addresses the governance challenges the Metaverse entails; investigates the role of Web3, blockchains, and NFTs; and predicts Metaverse winners and losers. Most importantly, he examines many of the Metaverse’s almost unlimited applications.

The internet will no longer be at arm’s length; instead, it will surround us, with much of our lives, labor, and leisure taking place inside the Metaverse. Bringing clarity and authority to a frequently misunderstood concept, Ball foresees trillions of dollars in new value―and the radical reshaping of society.

©2022 Matthew Ball (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Extremely thorough and detailed

Am extremely detailed and thorough account of the internet and the potential of the metaverse. Couldn’t have asked for a better book to understand some of these concepts

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  • Andrew
  • 09-08-22

Not a must read

If you've been following metaverse and blockchain news and understand how games work, you don't need to read this.

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  • Terrence C. Watson
  • 27-07-22

Misleading title

I am in chapter 8 of this book. It is particularly well narrated, but The Future of Computer Gaming would be a much better title. Maybe the last chapters will bring it back to the real world, but I will probably not read them. I am a real world (physical world) architect and very interested in the future but my interest in computer gaming is limited learning through simulations, such as flight simulation.

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  • Brad
  • 30-07-22

Outstanding

An excellent book on where the technology is today but also how far it needs to go before the Metaverse can begin to fulfill its potential. Also does a great job of covering regulatory issues.

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  • Galen
  • 30-07-22

Great explanation of many hurdles to establishing the metaverse

I enjoyed the explanations Mathew shared around the current obstacles to creating in the metaverse and why they exist. He has a grasp of current issues and a strong foundation he uses to build his case. I recommend this book to creators and developers considering the plunge into the metaverse.

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  • John Mountz
  • 24-07-22

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Obvious trash I've been hearing for 15 years. Recall the Jetsons. Ok so it 60 years. And if your so smarl why not work out how to put 0 or negatives stars in for ratings.

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  • Cameron
  • 22-07-22

A very interesting look at the future

I was very impressed with this book. The author has clearly thought through this subject from all angles and did a great job laying out what will be required for, and influenced by the Metaverse. It can't get here soon enough.

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  • Edwin Leonardo Jaime
  • 13-09-22

Great way to get started in Metaverse topics

The book is a good introduction to the Metaverse topics: what is it? technologies involved? challenges? etc.

Most topics are touched at an introductory level so it's not a book for people already familiar with them

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  • Happy customer
  • 22-08-22

An incredible mental model for the metaverse

This book feels complete and exhaustive without being authoritative or dense. It's given me an objective and reliable framework to think through the metaverse and potential futures. This will flow into decisions I'll make for my career, investments, pastimes, everything. I honestly haven't inhaled better content about such a complex set of topics since Sapiens. What a relief that this kind of book still gets made - was losing hope there for a while!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21-08-22

Well Written & Vibrant, but Inaccurate and overly optimistic

This author paints a very vibrant and optimistic look at the Metaverse. The book is very well written. This author lacks true understanding of things like Fortnite, memes, social media, Minecraft, block chain, Bored Apes, and more. This misunderstanding delivers an inflated idea of what the metaverse will become.

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  • Carl A. Gallozzi
  • 14-08-22

The future, its history, challenges and benefits.

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An 'introduction (plus)' into the MetaVerse.
Three sections - What is it/is it supposed to be; how will 'we' get there; and finally implications when it arrives.

Pretty balanced narrative - of what's known; what's projected - projections are notoriously wrong.

There are major players (gaming companies software companies and others) that currently dominate - (era of mobile computing - phone based) - but who will dominate. Learning for me is the impact of gaming - a major major force in the construction of the MetaVerse - more so than Pornography.

The concept of a 'virtual world' is explained - in the context of gaming; then broadened so as to include - training (Medical Students with Headsets in a virtual world doing practice surgery). Think of pilots in flight simulators as a crude example.

The technology is 'neutral' - may be used for good or ill. Ball makes this statement many times - Misinformation and Disinformation should 'get worse' (deep video and voice fakes) before it may 'get better'.

Ball winds up on the hopeful side - because as he explains in the introduction - the MetaVerse is taking to other major changes how we communicate - printing press and etc., each of these led to major major changes in society and power shifts. This is what is happening now.

Interesting, a little technically detailed for the technically challenged but worth the listen.

As a veteran of the Mini-Computer and PC wars - where the dominant players in the previous cycle did not master the future cycle - this is of interest.

Should be of interest to those who follow technology and its broader implications on society.

Carl Gallozzi

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  • Martin Hendra
  • 06-08-22

Good review of where we are

A comprehensive analysis of current players and likely future technical directions plus a list of likely issues