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Lead book review

What is the metaverse, actually?

Big tech might tell us it’s what’s coming next but as yet there’s no real use for it, says James Ball

16 July 2022

9:00 AM

16 July 2022

9:00 AM

The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything Matthew Ball

W.W.Norton, pp.351, 22

Money Men: A Hot Start-Up, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth Dan McCrum

Bantam Press, pp.352, 20

There is a concept in tech and innovation – branded by an expensive consultancy company, naturally – known as the Gartner Hype Cycle. Any innovation, be it NFTs (a means of owning ‘unique’ digital art), blockchains (the technology powering crypto-currencies like bitcoin), self-driving cars or wearable tech, will go through distinct (buzzword-heavy) stages before it is adopted by the mainstream.

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