Zuckerberg’s Metaverse Is a Gateway to ‘Transhumanism’, Gettr CEO Warns

Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse will encourage people to distance themselves from reality and spend more time in virtual worlds, says Gettr CEO Jason Miller.

Miller, who founded Gettr in July 2021 in response to censorship from the incumbent social media service, said Meta’s attempt to create a virtual world would appeal to a young audience that other platforms have lost. It said it was an attempt by the tech giant to get more.

The Metaverse is reminiscent of Second Life, an earlier online platform that allowed users to create avatars to live a “second life” in a virtual world.

Zuckerberg’s Metaverse builds on this concept, investing billions in projects while seeking to integrate personal experiences more deeply. Even the Israeli Embassy in Seoul recently released a digital version of its mission in the Metaverse.

However, there are questions about the positive or negative impact of a large metaverse involving billions of people, and some experts have already pointed out common problems The “opium of the masses,” including online bullying and addiction.

Miller shared a similar assessment.

“It’s like a computerized extension of identity politics,” he told the Epoch Times. “Hey, I’m going to live online and have this other person or version of who I am.” By the way, I go shopping when I’m online so I can make online people cooler and different.”

“It’s not real life. I think there’s a certain point where you start getting into transhumanism and all sorts of weird stuff. It’s not that big of a leap,” he said.

expose the underbelly of mankind

Clinical psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed said the platform could be “extremely powerful” by enabling people who are constrained by their normal lives to build “extraordinary” lives online. says there is At the same time, he said, it has potential applications in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and exposure therapy to help individuals overcome fear.

“But some people can get lost in this world instead of living a meaningful life in the real world. “Because it’s going to be this outlet,” he told The Epoch Times.

“When Second Life opened wide, it brought out the underbelly of human nature.

He also said that online addiction has an effect as well.

“It can magnify problems for people who are already a little more vulnerable. If you already have a paranoid disease like schizophrenia, it can really make things worse,” he added. This is a broader term with respect to the internet and social media, which is not actually a major source of psychological problems, but can increase people’s vulnerability.”

Miller, on the other hand, didn’t believe Meta was committing billions of dollars of resources to change humanity, but simply trying to innovate ways out of Facebook’s existing problems. did.

“[Zuckerberg] We know that only 2% of children under the age of 18 are on Facebook, and we know Facebook is a dying platform,” he said. “That’s why he’s essentially trying to fuse it. [Meta-owned] Instagram. “

“If you go to Facebook now, it’s just a few clicks away and it’s almost indistinguishable from Instagram. He’s about to start morphing them together,” he added.

Facebook’s stock has continued its steady decline this year as user numbers have stalled.

One of the problems is that while Facebook may have reached a saturation point with a viable country and audience that can be scaled, at the same time users are turning to platforms with more dedicated services such as YouTube, TikTok and Instagram. is selected.