Could the metaverse perfect our imperfect world?

Prof. Andy Miah

When people talk about the metaverse, they mean a future where there's a seamless connection between physical reality and the virtual world. But will that future be better than the world of today?

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Imagine a world in which our physical and virtual lives are one and the same. Could that potential future be better than the world we live in now?

Today, when you want to interact with the digital world, you'll probably do it through a device like a phone, tablet or laptop. But since the late 1970s, the technology community has imagined that we might eventually move past the point where the physical and digital worlds are separate places. In the metaverse, our physical and the digital worlds are indistinguishable from one another.

Is the metaverse really what we're moving towards? And if we are, will it improve our lives? Professor Andy Miah has published over 150 papers exploring the effects and implications of technological change, making him the perfect person to join us in The Garden and help us navigate this brave new world and its implications for humanity.

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Prof. Andy Miah

Andy Miah investigates the ethical, legal, social and cultural questions brought up by technological change. His publications draw on ideas from science, technology, art and media culture.

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