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Commentary: We can’t walk blindly into the Metaverse

In recent weeks, both Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella announced with great fanfare that the metaverse offers an antidote to the lack of human connection. Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but interacting with others through cartoon avatars is not my idea of establishing meaningful connections.
Indeed, avatars with limited emotional expression and no evidence of subtle nonverbal communication appear to me to be another step toward dehumanizing interpersonal relationships. 

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