In the presentation David Bueno, PhD in biology and director of the UB-EDU1st Chair of Neuroeducation at the University of Barcelona, laid the foundations of what the metaverse means for the human brain. For him, the positive side of the metaverse will be unlimited creativity and that it will do a lot for the ecology and the planet: "We won't consume so much in transport". On the negative side, the education expert is concerned about addictions: "We have to manage reward and quick, effortless gratification. That will be very difficult.
This was followed by the round table 'Closer to the Matrix', with the participation of David Vivancos, entrepreneur and Artificial Intelligence specialist, Rebeca Cordero, lecturer in Applied Sociology at the European University, Sergio Reyes, head of special actions in the area of Video Games at ESNE and PhD student on the metaverse, and José Ignacio Conde, Business Director at Bravent.
Sergio Reyes stressed that the metaverse is already here: "we already have a lot of young people spending a lot of hours playing online games". He also spoke of the architects who will make the construction and creation of these worlds and destinations possible, in which "we are already talking about digital children": for Reyes, these creators "will be the Goya's and Velázquez's of the future".
José Ignacio Conde wanted to stress that the metaverse "is not a passing technology that is going to disappear. McKinsey says that in 2022 more than 120 billion dollars will have been invested and in 2030 it will be 5 trillion dollars. There are device creators, content creators... many companies investing to make it more usable and simpler, the field of development is enormous and there are many facets in which to advance".
For Rebeca Cordero, "technological evolution until now affected one or two social aspects, the metaverse has a global dimension that affects everything". According to the sociologist, it also "deepens the relationship between the individual and the machine". She adds that "it is important to prevent behaviour so as not to endanger the individual and society".
In David Vivancos' opinion, the metaverse will not truly arrive "until we kill the mobile phone. It is too limited for this type of technology. When we see the smartphone start to disappear, it will be time for the metaverse". The technologist and entrepreneur predicts a decade of waiting.
All stressed that this new phenomenon needs to be prevented and regulated. "We need stability, growth and development to be a society. And this phenomenon is coming to us, which is controlled by companies with financial ends, whose regulation may serve other interests", warned Cordero. For Vivancos, it is complicated to limit: "How can we set rules and limits to the imagination?