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The Metaverse Is Coming: We May Already Be in It

A few years ago, while doing research for a virtual reality (VR) program at MIT that I would be running, I donned a VR headset and played a ping-pong game. The game was so realistic that it momentarily fooled my brain. When it ended, I instinctively tried to put the paddle down on the “table” and lean against it.  Of course, the table didn’t exist, and I almost fell over. It was so easy to trick my senses into thinking that the virtual world was real that I began to think about what would happen to humanity if we kept developing this technology.

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