Metaverse Research 25/10/21

The only way to understand the Metaverse is to experience it — how do you describe something like the internet — sure you can describe its basic utility and function — you search, you post on social media you buy things, computers are connected together and then there is Sir Tim Berners Lee — but those that use the internet — we know that its more than that.

and so, the metaverse — a word which has its beginnings in pop culture, from the novel Snow Crash, a word invented to help tell a story, by Neil Stevensons.

The Metaverse is the Internet, it is its evolution — here we will begin to research the Metaverses many different disguises and try to explore for the sake of the reader — some sort of map, some sort of plan, some sort of entry point for exploration — as once we have that.. we can go anywhere.

Cyrpto — Metaverses

But all the above are spaces, experiences.. we should look at the Metaverse as a layer, a tool… Metaverse in pop culture use a visual representation to explain the metaverse, this is the gamification version of it — pop culture is ready player 1 and the matrix — in games its fortnite…. but this is only one aspect of the metaverse.

One constant in all the above worlds is.. YOU.. we are central to this (Sovereign Individual, Anonymous, be who you want to be) — connecting with so many other’s who see the world like us…

to be in this world.. we need an Avatar


Richard Garriot Avatar —

The protagonist in all the games is a male resident of Earth who is called upon by Lord British to protect Sosaria and, later, Britannia from a number of dangers. Originally, the player character was referred to as “the Stranger”, but by the end of Ultima IV he becomes universally known as the Avatar.

Plenty of other examples of the use of Avatars.

Video gamers — 2.7 billion (1 in 3 people)

The metaverse it never ‘resets’ or pauses’ or ‘ends’ it just continues indefinitely — cryptovoxels, decentraland just carry on, if you are not there.

Interoperability — Blockchain will allow this — What does interoperability really mean?

  • Interoperability refers to the basic ability of different computerized products or systems to readily connect and exchange information with one another, in either implementation or access, without restriction.


Human beings will cluster together on different platforms, humans playing more Ludic, gamerfication — tribes using games to communicate, Ludic societies



Bitcoin is an exit from the Fed. DeFi is an exit from Wall Street. Social media is an exit from mass media. Homeschooling is an exit from industrial education. Remote work is an exit from 9–5. Creator economy is an exit from employment. Individuals are leaving institutions.

— — You are the centre of your own universe


Your identity is a memory — how do we identify — Self Image will be a monster growth sector.. Bored Apes, The Fabricant, Digitalax


Who your visually in the metaverse is how people will identify you — your history on the blockchain will define you

Damien Hirst Currency drop[numericTraits][0][name]=Drips&search[numericTraits][0][ranges][0][min]=0.533718&search[numericTraits][0][ranges][0][max]=0.533718

HENI is delighted to present The Currency, the first NFT collection by Damien Hirst. Reimagining the way NFTs are used, The Currency is a collection of 10,000 NFTs which correspond to 10,000 unique physical artworks which are stored in a secure vault in the UK. The works are now brought to life through their launch on the blockchain.

Starting with the creation of the physical artworks in 2016, The Currency explores the boundaries of art and currency — when art changes and becomes a currency, and when currency becomes art. Successful applicants will all initially receive NFTs. Ultimately, you have to decide between the digital NFT or the physical artwork, both of which are artworks in their own right. Whichever you pick, the other gets burned.

The collection is on the Palm blockchain, which is a new token-powered ecosystem for NFTs connected to Ethereum. It is 99% more energy efficient than proof of work systems such as Ethereum or Bitcoin. The Currency NFTs can be moved to Ethereum.

The Metaverse is not a place it a layer……… in which to see the world, in which to transact value, not a visual 3D world….



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Mark Ashmore

Mark Ashmore


Mark Ashmore is a Ph.D Researcher at LJMU and founder of Future Artists - He writes about Computer Science, the Arts and Entertainment - He is also Dyslexic