Heading toward an ethical metaverse

7:15 AM, April 27, 2022

Dinar* Academics around the world have been asked to discuss the case of France. This file was coordinated by Matthew Lin, President of Altermind.

Here’s a suggestion from Laurence Devillers, Maxine Eskenazi, and Yuko Harayama:

It is not a trivial technique. Metaverse combines virtual and augmented reality, video games, social networking, and cryptocurrency. This immersive, visual, audio, and yet tactile and olfactory universe, in which the user is represented by an avatar, allows interaction, movement, meeting with other avatars, humans or virtual agents, and working and achieving missions and actions with repercussions in the virtual and real world.

Thus, the metaverse creates the opportunity to develop virtual communities with an economy and culture for all in a decentralized Internet (Web 3.0) using blockchains to create objects with a digital identity. The uses of metaverses for collaborative work, therapeutics, sports, education and culture and the creation of agile ecosystems between research and industry will be developed around innovative projects.

Emergency stop button

However, the metaverse is not without risks, especially since China, the United States, and Europe do not share the same views regarding their economic and moral futures: dangers of exclusion, rape, harassment, addiction, and isolation; Energy costs, natural resources, etc. It raises new ethical questions about the relationship between man and machine, about the mental and physical vulnerability to immersion in real time or about the manipulation of our emotions and beliefs in virtual reality cross-effects. We must create an emergency stop button and urgently adopt strong rules to protect people and fundamental rights. France and Europe, after the 2020 G7 Summit in Biarritz and within the framework of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, have a major role to play. To meet the multiple challenges posed by the European moral metaverse, the next president should create a Ministry of Digital and Artificial Intelligence whose primary objective will be to co-create the standards that frame these new technology promises.

* The French feel that they are facing cultural, social and economic decline. In the rankings that measure the excellence of our top schools and universities, we’re well on our way to becoming the worst pupil in Europe. While the annoying question of purchasing power and price hikes undermine the morale of our citizens. More than ever, society doubts itself and its elites. To get out of the infernal downward spiral, JDD went around the world in search of rebellious ideas that would be beneficial to France.

We called Altermind, an innovative consulting firm headed by entrepreneur and essayist Mathieu Laine, that tracks new ideas and lines of force in the academic world. Prominent academics from the United States, Japan, Turkey, Egypt or Peru responded, having taught at Berkeley, the London School of Economics, Oxford, Dauphin, Chicago or Harvard. Their subversive and brilliant proposals are meant to inspire the next president of the republic, whoever he is. Some have already shown their effectiveness in other countries, others are completely new. To implement it, it does not require a devastating budget commitment, nor a technological revolution, nor a destabilizing social shock, nor the adaptation of our Constitution. Only political will and courage. Jerome Beagle

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