“Augmented reality allows us to spend more time focusing on what matters in the real world, in our real lives. It can break down communication barriers — and help us better understand each other by making language visible. Watch what happens when we bring technologies like transcription and translation to your line of sight.”
“The DWeb also comes with some significant legal and regulatory risks. It would make policing cybercrime, including online harassment, hate speech and child abuse images, even more difficult because of its lack of central control and access to data. A centralised web helps governments make large corporations enforce rules and laws. In a decentralised web, it wouldn’t even necessarily be clear which country’s laws applied to a particular website, if its content was hosted all around the world. This concern brings us back to debates from the 1990s, when legal scholars were arguing for and against the influence national laws could have on internet regulation. The DWeb essentially reflects the cyber-libertarian views and hopes of the past that the internet can empower ordinary people by breaking down existing power structures.
Decentralised systems also don’t necessarily abolish unequal power structures, but can instead replace one with an another. For instance, Bitcoin works by saving records of financial transactions on a network of computers and is designed to bypass traditional financial institutions and give people greater control over their money. But its critics argue that it has turned into an oligopoly, since a large percentage of Bitcoin wealth is owned by a very small number of people.”
“What if robots could be as easy to use as computers are today? The Intrinsic team has been developing software and AI tools that use sensor data from a robot’s environment so that it can sense, learn from, and quickly adapt to the real world. The team hopes that by making industrial robots easier to use, they can enable people to make products and build businesses that we can only just begin to imagine.”
“Several of Meta’s current projects show that the company has no plans to stop collecting data about peoples’ bodies. Meta is developing hyper-realistic avatars that people will operate as they travel through the metaverse, which requires tracking someone’s facial movements in real time so they can be recreated by their avatar. A new virtual reality headset that Meta plans to release next year will include sensors that track peoples’ eye and facial movements. The company also weighed incorporating facial recognition into its new Ray-Ban smart glasses, which allow the wearer to record their surroundings as they walk around, and Reality Labs, Meta’s hub for studying virtual and augmented reality, is conducting ongoing research into biometrics, according to postings on Facebook’s careers website.”
“Neal Stephenson’s metaverse has been a lasting creation because it’s fictional. It doesn’t have to solve all the intricate problems of content moderation and extremism and interpersonal interaction to raise questions about what virtual worlds can give us and what our real world lacks. Today’s metaverse creators are missing the point, just like I missed the point back at Ted’s Fish Fry in 1994. The metaverse isn’t about building perfect virtual escape hatches—it’s about holding a mirror to our own broken, shared world. Facebook’s promised metaverse is about distracting us from the world it’s helped break.”
Dans des documents internes de l’entreprise, ses ingénieurs avouent leur incompréhension face à un code informatique aux effets imprévus, qui fait du réseau social une machine complexe, difficile à maîtriser.
« Ce type de pages spécialisées dans la republication de contenus viraux de piètre qualité, pilotées depuis des pays comme l’Albanie ou le Kosovo, touchait plus de 360 millions d’utilisateurs par semaine à la fin de 2019, selon un document interne à l’entreprise ».
« De multiples études menées par le réseau social montrent que les personnes aux convictions tempérées, de droite comme de gauche, craignent de s’y exprimer sur les sujets politiques, laissant le champ libre aux messages les plus extrêmes ».
“I’m proud of what we’ve built so far, and I’m excited about what comes next — as we move beyond what’s possible today, beyond the constraints of screens, beyond the limits of distance and physics, and towards a future where everyone can be present with each other, create new opportunities and experience new things. It is a future that is beyond any one company and that will be made by all of us. We have built things that have brought people together in new ways. We’ve learned from struggling with difficult social issues and living under closed platforms. Now it is time to take everything we’ve learned and help build the next chapter. I’m dedicating our energy to this — more than any other company in the world. If this is the future you want to see, I hope you’ll join us. The future is going to be beyond anything we can imagine”. — Mark Zuckerberg
“Aujourd’hui, lors de l’événement Connect 2021, Mark Zuckerberg a exposé notre vision du métavers comme successeur de l’Internet mobile : un ensemble d’espaces digitaux interconnectés qui dépasse les limites du monde physique. Sa caractéristique principale sera la présence sociale : le sentiment que vous êtes proche de la personne avec laquelle vous interagissez, peu importe l’endroit où vous vous trouvez physiquement. Il s’agit là d’un nouveau chapitre passionnant pour notre entreprise et nous avons hâte de donner vie au métavers.”