Out of seemingly nowhere, the metaverse has simultaneously become a subject of excitement and controversy over the past few months. While companies like Facebook (or Meta) and Microsoft predict that the metaverse will someday replace the internet, critics argue it’s a marketing gimmick that won’t ever see the light of day. So in this article, let’s explore what the metaverse is, how it could affect our lives in the future, and why it’s such a controversial subject today.

What is the metaverse?

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