3x51: Control the Meta Connect

Jono Bacon, Stuart Langridge, and special guest Adam Lorimer present Bad Voltage, in which reality is virtual, metas are connected, and:

  • Meta, nee Facebook, had their Meta Connect conference where they announced their upcoming plans, recent hardware and software releases, and the like. We have some interest in VR generally, as evidenced by Jono always having a prediction about it at Christmas, and so we'd like to dig a bit more into what's going on over there, some of the upcoming hardware, and talk a little about the place of VR (and AR and MR) in the world order and how it does and might fit in with everything, especially with Adam who actually does this stuff for a living!

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News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

I think Stuart hit the nail on the head. For at least thirty years, VR has been a “bring-your-own-interest” technology. Proponents find the need so self-evident that they don’t really have anything to say about why anybody else needs it. When they try to evangelize, it comes out as frustrated gibberish about people visiting the places that they already go, but with alienating graphics and probably vertigo in anybody who they didn’t test the system on. Or they just point to science-fiction, as if that justifies everything. And then they wonder why we philistines aren’t throwing money at them.

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