- One of the world’s leading computer engineers believed the metaverse could one day ‘make reality disappear’
- Louis Rosenberg is known for developing the first functional augmented reality system at Air Force Research Laboratory
- Rosenberg is deeply worried about the ‘platform providers’ that will have the metaverse infrastructure
- Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously suggested the metaverse will be the future of his company
- Science fiction writer Neal Stephenson is credited with creating the ‘metaverse’ phrase as a successor to the internet
One of the world’s leading computer engineers believes the metaverse, the idea that caused Mark Zuckerberg to rebrand his whole company, could one day ‘make reality disappear.’
In a recent op-ed, Louis Rosenberg, a computer scientist known for developing the first functional augmented reality system at Air Force Research Laboratory and founding virtual reality company Immersion Corporation, believes that by integrating virtual reality and augmented reality and having people interact in the digital realm for a significant portion of their day, it could ‘alter our sense of reality’ and distort ‘how we interpret our direct daily experiences.’
‘Our surroundings will become filled with persons, places, objects, and activities that don’t actually exist, and yet they will seem deeply authentic to us,’ Rosenberg penned in the piece, published by Big Think.
Although he did not specifically mention old Zuckerberg or Meta by name, Rosenberg made a clear reference that he is deeply worried about the ‘platform providers’ that will have the infrastructure.
‘…I am concerned about the legitimate uses of AR by the powerful platform providers that will control the infrastructure,’ Rosenberg added.
Zuckerberg has previously suggested the metaverse is the future of his company, and has been talking up the idea since July.