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Inequalities: the rant of a homeless man in the metaverse

In full boom, immersive worlds should not make us forget the isolation in the real world. Moreover, there are more or less inclusive ways of building these worlds of the future. Decryption.

“The metaverse is a collaborative virtual environment. It is a 3D space where one is represented by an avatar and where one can communicate with the other users present. Collaborative environments date back at least to the 1990s”, explains in the CNRS Journal Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, specialist in human-computer interaction and researcher at the University of Paris-Saclay.

If the idea is not new, these collaborative spaces will experience unprecedented development in the coming years: a quarter of the world’s population should spend at least one hour a day in the metaverse by 2026, according to the Gartner institute. However, these metaverses can cover different realities. Indeed, the way in which their architects build them at this time will be decisive for the respect of data, the sharing of experience but also the democratic life that they will be able to ensure. This is the whole meaning of the message that the Entourage network wants to convey through the creation of a homeless avatar.

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