Science fiction writer Neal Stephenson wants to create an open metaverse based on blockchain technology, with which he hopes to achieve a decentralized virtual ecosystem through the Lamina1 project.
Stephenson is responsible for the term metaverse, which he coined in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, to refer to cyberspace, although he also popularized others that are very common today, such as avatars and massive online role-playing games (MORPGs).
The writer now seeks to create a blockchain-based metaverse through the Lamina1 project, of which he is a co-founder, which will act as “the meeting point” of an ecosystem of resources and open standards and of “technologies conceived and developed jointly with a vibrant community of creators”.
Contrary to the metaverse that companies like Meta seek to build, Stephenson’s proposal will take advantage of the decentralization offered by blockchain and Web3 to be open; It will offer open data and payment protocols and a set of interoperable services that support virtual worlds, as explained in the presentation document of Lamina1.
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Source: New Scientist