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Virtual Society : The Metaverse and the New Frontiers of Human Experience

Herman Narula
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Business)
Published: October 5, 2023
ISBN: 9780241616604
288 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


The metaverse is a vision of how the next generation of the internet will operate. Many people believe it is the future. But what will that future look like? An immersive digital playground? The next generation of online gaming? Or just the latest manifestation of our human tendency to create other realities?

Herman Narula argues that it is all of these things and more. His vision of the metaverse, deeply rooted in history and psychology, looks to the Egyptians, whose concept of death inspired them to build the pyramids, to modern-day sports fans whose fantasy leagues are as competitive as the real thing, and finds that humanity has always sought ways to supplement our day-to-day lives with a rich diversity of alterative immersive experiences.

Virtual Society reveals why the metaverse offers a new universe of ideas that gives everyone the chance to create, explore and find meaning. It’s an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand the true shape of our virtual future.

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