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The Verse: Beyond the Metaverse and the Evolution of the Web

In a digital age where terms evolve as rapidly as the tech they describe, the 'metaverse' debate rages on. But amidst the noise, could a poetic alternative, 'the verse,' bridge past and future, offering clarity in a world of versioned chaos?

Kent Langley
Kent Langley

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, few terms have sparked as much debate as the "metaverse." Recently, tech influencer Robert Scoble weighed in on the discussion, urging many to reconsider the use of the term "metaverse 2.0." He argued that what's on the horizon isn't merely virtual worlds; Spatial Computing promises to be far more ubiquitous. Despite the criticisms and the term's misuse by some prominent figures and opportunists, Scoble remains steadfast in his choice to use it. His rationale? If no one else uses it, it becomes even more distinctive, making it easily searchable on platforms.

But does every technological advancement need a version? Do we, as a society, have an inherent need to categorize and version every innovation? Perhaps it's a psychological inclination, or maybe it's just "marketecture" – a term coined to describe the unnecessary complication of tech jargon for marketing purposes.

Enter the idea of "the verse." A poetic and succinct term that encapsulates the essence of the metaverse. It harks back to 1992, when the concept was first introduced, and has since remained unchanged in its core definition. By simply referring to it as "the verse," we not only pay homage to its origins but also give it a fresh, modern twist. This term has the potential to replace "the web," offering a poetic transition into the next digital era.

Historically, literature and science fiction have often been precursors to technological advancements. Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" was no exception. This prescient work introduced many to the concept of the metaverse, and just like Isaac Asimov's pioneering ideas, it deserves recognition. By naming this digital realm "the verse," we not only keep its essence clear but also give credit where it's due.

As we move forward, the boundaries between the internet, the World Wide Web, and the metaverse will blur. These platforms will become deeply interwoven with our daily lives, influencing everything from our social interactions to our professional endeavors. "The verse" stands as a testament to this evolution, symbolizing the amalgamation of these platforms into a singular, cohesive entity.

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In conclusion, while debates around terminology will always persist, it's essential to understand and appreciate the origins and implications of the terms we use. The metaverse, or "the verse" as some might come to call it, represents more than just a digital realm; it signifies the future of human interaction and the endless possibilities that come with it.

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Kent's MTP is to empower people with technology. He is the Co-Founder of OpenExO, a serial entrepreneur with successful exits, and a student of many things.