Note — Sep 12, 2021

They Needed a Virtual World, so They Built One

Seen in → No.187

Source → newpublic.substack.com/p/they-needed-a-virtual-...

Good write-up by a group of artists and researchers from New York University who created a virtual space to replace the real ones during lockdowns. More useful in the short and medium term than 90% of the articles about the metaverse.

We realized we needed to turn the blank space we had created into a real place by giving people roles to fill or activities to participate in. […]

The future of digital social spaces is so exciting, because the further we go towards these new technological developments, the more we can weave back in the timeless behaviors and environments that make social connection possible in the first place.