The Metaverse Is Already Here, And It’s Here to Stay

The Metaverse is here. It’s been around for a little while, actually. But is it a good thing? Facebook is among the first companies to push for its existence and hopes that it will continue to draw younger generations of users. Every technology has its downsides.

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Mark Zuckerberg changed Facebook to Meta, as users of WhatsApp or Instagram will have noticed, asserting that the metaverse is not only the company’s next chapter, but “the next chapter for the internet.”
The word and concept aren’t new. The term itself was coined in the 1992 science-fiction book Snow Crash, in which people use avatars to explore an online world. A number of small metaverses have since developed, where people meet, play games and even watch live shows.
The metaverse is a place where people can do real life things — like work out, meet with colleagues, or take a class — but all online and in virtual reality. Anyone can strap on a virtual reality headset in their living room and enter an alternate online universe.
Who should own the metaverse? There are many questions about what role the company should play in building the metaverse. Meta’s vice president of metaverse is adamant that the company doesn’t want to dictate what’s created within, but others are not so sure. Instead, the vision is that Meta provides the backbone for the metaverse in which everyone is invited to come, play, build and experiment.
Do people really want the future to be the metaverse? Facebook is fretting about becoming moot as users age. So staying on top of the next big technology trend, like the metaverse, to attract younger people may be key to Meta’s survival. Zuckerberg sees big things ahead for both the metaverse and his company.
 

Upside-Down Rhino Research Wins A 2021 Ig Nobel Prize

Sometimes science is weird. The Ig-Nobel Prize is awarded to scientists whose research goes beyond the traditional experiment. This year’s winner? A team that hung rhinos upside-down to measure their blood flow! It’s tough being a rhino these days.

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An experiment that hung rhinoceroses upside down to see what effect it had on the animals has been awarded one of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes.

This prize, often considered a joke that should make you think, is presented by real Nobel laureates. The prize: a trophy they had to assemble from a PDF print-out and a cash prize in the form of a counterfeit 10 trillion dollar Zimbabwean banknote.

Other recipients of this year’s prize included a group who studied the bacteria in chewing gum stuck to pavement; another studied how to control cockroaches on submarines; a third studied communication between humans and cats.

What could be more important (or daft) than hanging 12 rhinos upside down for 10 minutes from helicopters? The rhino study does exactly this. The team wanted to know if the animals’ health might be compromised while slung in that position from a crane. Surprisingly, this experiment had not been conducted before.

Their evidence, in fact, showed that rhinos coped better in this upside-down position than lying down on their chest or on their side. As it turns out, being upside-down for a rhino is much like standing up normally, their lungs were equally perfused. It will be exciting to see which animals are next.

Hundreds of Thousands Around the World Protest for Climate Strikes

Climate change continues to be a problem. But is it something that we are going to continue to ignore? These activists are making demands that governments of the Global North take substantial action instead of profit from it.

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Climate protests are increasing. The climate crisis is getting worse, and only radical action will be enough to avert catastrophe and secure a just, sustainable future for all. “Uproot the System” is the most recent and largest protest so far. More than 1400 strikes across 70 countries took place. Climate activists in developing countries were restricted in size as a public health precaution. One demand, out of six total, of the protesters is that global vaccine distribution becomes equalized. The others include:

  1. A need to drastically cut emissions from fossil fuels. This requires ending its extraction, burning, and use. They want concrete plans and detailed annual carbon budgets;
  2. Requiring the Global North to cancel debts, especially for damage caused by extreme weather events, and providing funds to help communities recover from exploitation;
  3. Ensuring equitable vaccine distribution worldwide for COVID-19 recovery;
  4. Recognizing the climate crisis as a risk to human safety and securing the rights of climate refugees;
  5. Recognizing the impact of biodiversity on indigenous communities’ lives and culture, and committing to make ecocide a punishable crime;
  6. Stopping violence against indigenous peoples, small farmers, small fisherfolk, and other environmental and land defenders.

Wealthy nations, as the largest contributors to the climate emergency, were requested to stop neglecting their responsibilities and confront the crisis.