Where Is the Metaverse to Help Us Through the Pandemic Era? – ExtremeTech

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(Credit: Viaframe/Getty Images)The COVID-19 pandemic has given us all the first clear picture of what working from home is really like. Many fear that this could be the new normal and there is no doubt that future pandemics are likely. As we adjust to interacting virtually with coworkers, friends, and family, we’re beginning to discover just how important in-person interactions really are. Many of us miss the hallway conversations at work or the chance encounters with friends at the gym or grocery store.What has become apparent is that the email, social media, and video chat technologies we rely on for communication during the pandemic are no substitute for real connections with other people. This is especially true for extroverts and partly explains why we are so anxious to return to life as we knew it before the pandemic. This raises the question of whether we are stuck with this new reality. Why don’t we have technological solutions to this problem? The answer may lie in the metaverse.Nearly 30 years ago, Neal Stephenson published the science fiction book Snow Crash that …

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