Metaverse is similar to Communist Propaganda, according to a CEO born in Soviet

'You know, you can smell a poor concept even before it's created.'

According to Insider, entrepreneur Phil Libin, who grew up in the now-defunct Soviet Union, believes Facebook-now-known-as-vision Meta's for the metaverse reminds him of communist propaganda — hollow promises of an idealized future that will never materialize.

On a recent episode of a podcast hosted by tech journalist Eric Newcomer, Libin, who founded notetaking app Evernote and is now the CEO of videoconferencing company Mmhmm, came out swinging, describing Meta's VR world as "a gloss that uncreative people and companies put over fundamentally a lack of good ideas."

Despite his caustic tone, Libin is expressing a perspective shared by many. People aren't exactly happy about Meta's virtual world. Even the company's execs have been known to express dissatisfaction with the company's still-clunky headset.

Libin compared the overhyped proposal to government promises in the USSR.
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"In the Soviet Union, I went to first grade," he explained. "I was treated to a lot of Soviet propaganda as a child, and I was frequently told, 'Communism doesn't exist yet.' We haven't yet constructed communism. We're progressing toward communism.'"

Despite numerous assurances, that ideal vision was never fully fulfilled. The same may be said of Meta's promises of a fully fledged virtual environment that will one day match reality, according to Libin.

"You know, you can smell a poor concept before it's fully constructed," he said on the podcast to Newcomer. "So I don't want to hear, 'Oh, the metaverse doesn't yet exist.'" No, no, no, all of this nonsense, all of this foolish, useless, awful nonsense that exists right now is not the metaverse. The metaverse is on its way – it's on its way.'"

Despite being less than a year old, Meta's worldview has already received considerable criticism. According to Bloomberg journalist Parmy Olson, the company's virtual worlds are also crowded with crying youngsters, despite being technically confined to customers above the age of 13.
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The Metaverse, according to Libin, is a braindead concept that is "so breathtakingly foolish, there's actually not that much to fear."

VR technology have advanced significantly in recent years, and Meta is betting big on its VR-powered metaworld. However, it has struggled to persuade a critical mass of people that it is a worthwhile place to spend time.

It remains to be seen whether this will ever alter. Critics like as Libin, as well as Tesla CEO Elon Musk, believe that the Metaverse will never take off. Others, on the other hand, believe we will soon be spending our whole lives within virtual worlds.

Will Meta, on the other hand, be creating the tools of tomorrow to make that vision a reality? That seems doubtful, considering Facebook's awful track record of persuading people to accept true new ideas and ensuring online places aren't a cesspool overflowing with abuse.

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