“The fact that we are surrounded by a global layer is always there,” said Mr. Tehranian, referring to the Ethereum blockchain, “where there is no central party to determine if something is available or not? ” It’s the antidote to the digital world we live in, he says – a world he describes as a paradox but “with dictators” (Apple, Google, Facebook).
His super-reverse points to a specific definition of freedom. “What I really care about is you as an object of your own,” he says. “Property ownership is a tool. It works. It offers financial incentives.”
This may sound confusing, depending on your thought orientation, more believable than utopian. For Mr. Tehranian, it was merely reality.
“We’re still talking about human nature, which is greed and selfishness,” he said.
Indeed, many are viewing the metaverse as a financial opportunity. Mike Winkelmann — aka Beeple, who sold NFTs to his artwork for $69 million — is working for a startup called Wenew, which will sell NFTs tied to moments in his life. time, creating, in the company’s words, “the memory palace of the metaverse. ” (Its early offers included moments from tennis star Andy Murray’s career.)
Despite his stake in the crypto-driven vision of the metaverse, Mr. Winkelmann’s sense of what it could be, or has been, remains broad. Whatever the metaverse is, it’s not just virtual reality, or augmented reality, or blockchain and NFT, or virtual worlds and games.
“People are taking it very seriously as a ‘Ready Player One’ thing or a VR thing,” he said.
“It’s just how close that screen is to your face,” he continued, holding the phone up to his eyes. “This doesn’t change the fact that a lot of this is happening in an already virtual space.”