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The Metaverse: Towards a New Reality?

New virtual spaces are created every single month, all under the “metaverse” umbrella term. New ways to exchange things and interact with people are constantly being imagined.

But what’s behind all the buzz are often very familiar mechanics: buying and selling virtual objects as in the real world, bidding for virtual real estate as if scarcity was still necessary, accessing sponsored content as in traditional media.

What makes headlines are often not radically new universes, but those that have a striking resemblance with the existing world (and its limitations). Is the destiny of metaverses to reproduce cultural, social and economical norms, as for any utopian world ? Or can they promote a radically new reality?

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