Difficult lessons for the virtual future – POLITICO

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It is no exaggeration to say that the smartphone is an experience… Well, being a person, whether in the form of omnipresent messaging technology or the ability to travel without a road atlas.

Tech companies are hoping to transform our lives anew, now with virtual reality technology — which means another arms race for hardware. dead continues to devise“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/28/22749008/facebook-oculus-project-cambria-pro-vr-ar-headset”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330001″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330002″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Continue to innovate New headphones as Apple plans to launch its own competing glasses.“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.wired.com/story/apple-ar-vr-glasses-get-closer-to-reality/”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330003″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330004″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Launching its own competition glasses. Microsoft sells its HoloLens headset as “industrial metaverse” device“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/24/microsoft-partners-with-kawasaki-for-industrial-metaverse.html”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330006″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Industrial Metaverse deviceAnd the and small businesses like Qualcomm“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/20/23130369/qualcomm-xr2-wireless-ar-smart-viewer-announcement”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330008″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330009″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>like Qualcomm And the Magic Leap“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.businessinsider.com/magic-leap-ceo-cto-reveals-advantages-over-meta-facebook-microsoft-2022-5″,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa33000a”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa33000b”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Magic Lip They enter the game.

However, the US is still struggling to figure out how to deal with the regulatory problems created by smartphones.

Widespread geo-tracking“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/19/opinion/location-tracking-cell-phone.html”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa33000c”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa33000d”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”> geo-trackingAnd the networks that function as walled gardens“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/17/walled-gardens-facebook-apple-censors”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa33000e”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa33000f”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Networks that act as walled gardenssemi-monopoly app stores that charge high fees for access“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/26/technology/apple-settles-app-store-lawsuit.html#:~:text=Developers%20who%20made%20less%20than,according%20to%20the%20plaintiffs’%20lawyers.”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330010″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa330011″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>App stores that charge high fees to access They all became major problems for companies like Meta and Apple as mobile carriers came first. Meanwhile, users have to jump through hidden hoops to protect their sites from advertisers.

In metaverses, where vast new swaths of personal data“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://itif.org/publications/2021/03/04/balancing-user-privacy-and-innovation-augmented-and-virtual-reality”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340000″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340001″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>New areas of personal data They will be collected, and it is not at all clear how these problems will not get worse – or what new problems may appear to accompany them.

So what did regulators miss when smartphones went from a high-tech novelty to a common necessity? And how can they improve their performance this time?

President Bill Clinton argued in the 1990s that the government should take light regulatory touch“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/library/cyber/week/070297commerce.html”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340002″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>A light touch of organization When it comes to new technologies, it is best to avoid impeding innovation.

VR is already past that stage according to Jeff Chesterexecutive director of the not-for-profit Center for Digital Democracy, who says “The bottom line is that [tech companies’] The business model is mature, and you need to organize accordingly.”

Even if the elements of virtual reality technology – fast, cheap efficient GPUs“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://blog.imaginationtech.com/the-role-of-the-gpu-in-experiencing-the-metaverse/”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340004″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Fast, cheap and efficient GPUsAnd the low-latency, high bandwidth network connections“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/02/meta-says-todays-cellular-networks-arent-ready-for-the-metaverse.html”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340006″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Network connections with low latency and high bandwidthand the headsets themselves“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.matthewball.vc/all/hardwaremetaverse”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340008″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa340009″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>headphones themselves Still evolving, Chester and other tech critics argue that problems with corporate advertising-driven business models will persist in the headphone era, along with the problems they create.

“We haven’t solved the privacy issue, we haven’t solved competition, we haven’t solved the human rights issues, and we somehow expect that it will improve in the metaverse,” Tom Wheelera former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and now a fellow at the Brookings Institution.

At the dawn of the smartphone era, Washington was mostly concerned about the effects technology had on the analog real world Distracted driving, mental health problems, even its effect on sleep patterns. By the time regulators began to seriously consider behind-the-scenes issues such as privacy and monopoly, the technology was already well established.

Big companies are anticipating more oversight this time around, and are trying to push it forward. in lengthy essay“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://nickclegg.medium.com/making-the-metaverse-what-it-is-how-it-will-be-built-and-why-it-matters-3710f7570b04″,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa34000a”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa34000b”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>long article Published last week, META head of global affairs Nick Clegg She promised to “ensure that industry standards or regulations include the concerns of the civil and human rights communities.” But his article offers few prescriptions aside from vague advice for cooperating with regulators and even competing tech companies.

Wheeler, a former FCC chairman, is skeptical. He warned of the potential for tech giants to integrate their products more vertically than they really are, and of the “historic potential” for headphone producers to control every step of the process, selling both hardware and software to users and even taking a cut. From third-party developers who want to sell software on their App Store, as Apple has done for years on its App Store.

It might seem that the history of mobile technology has the potential to repeat itself – and then some – with the dawn of the headphone era.

But it’s not the ’90s anymore. Some observers, such as Chester, who is in charge of disease control and prevention, see reason to hope the ship may be steered with the growing technological backlash on Hill and hardcore regulators such as the FTC Chair Lina Khan Currently in positions of power.

“These companies have the ability to manipulate people,” Chester said. He pointed to the spread of technology called “neuromarketing,“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://hbr.org/2019/01/neuromarketing-what-you-need-to-know”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa34000c”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa34000d”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>called “neuromarketing,”“Where physiological and neural signals are tracked to measure and predict consumer behavior. Virtual reality headsets actually track intimate biometrics“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://hsl.lib.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VR_eye_tracking_Moynihan.pdf”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa34000e”,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa34000f”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Intimate Biometrics Like eye movement and heart rate.

“Some of these things have to be either off the table or regulated,” Chester said. “You shouldn’t test people’s unconsciousness to see how to get them to do what you want them to do.”

Staten Island may be the last of the five New York boroughs in Population, political influence and cultural reputation.

But the rest of them have been beaten in at least one department: if a team of local developers’ plans come to fruition, the town will be the first to own its own job to its full potential. metaverse counterpart“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.silive.com/business/2022/05/staten-island-metaverse-where-you-can-buy-real-virtual-properties-to-launch-bids-already-coming-in-for-godfather-house.html”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380000″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380001″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Analog Metaverse.

The “NYC Meta” project, revived by the three Tabacco brothers of construction business owners and serial contractors – one appeared on the reality TV series “Millionaire Matchmaker”, while the other two earned a brief tabloid shame for Occupy Wall Street counter-protestors“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”http://businessinsider.com/wall-streets-heroes-2011-11″,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380002″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Occupy the counter-protesters on Wall Street – Aims to turn Staten Island into a ‘spring board for vault all of NY into the metaverse“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.nycmeta.io/”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380004″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>All New York vault in the metaverse. Which entails, among other things:

  • Selling NFTs as Digital Business, Starting at Just $10
  • Real-life mayor Vito Vosella awarded virtual promotion to ‘Mayor of Staten Island’
  • Auction a virtual replica of The godfather’s house

Unfortunately the experience of eating a slice of Joe & Pat’s pizza“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/joe-and-pats/”,”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380006″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000181-0908-d3ba-ab85-596bfa380007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Joe’s Pizza It will remain elusive, at least until some unseen innovation in simulating taste is achieved.

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