Digital platforms—such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter—are currently using data from users and not paying for it. Dr. Sarah Grace Manski (Ph.D.) from the Spatial Web calls this a “free model.”
Users post their own photos, connect with friends, and create blog posts but they don’t get a fair return for their work. Manski refers to these businesses—in academic terms—as heteromation. The future for those businesses may, however, be bleak as technology and artificial intelligence (AI) advance.
“All those businesses are gonna be gone,” Manski said. “Facebook kinda sees that and they're adapting. Google will have to adapt. Amazon will have to adapt.”
As AI becomes more automated and sophisticated, it will replace humans doing mundane tasks, Manski said, with many people losing their jobs. Because of this, Manski said it’s necessary to have an “entire retraining infrastructure that gets rebuilt.”
Manski said she’s excited about the future of the Spatial Web, a digital 2D web superimposed on our material 3D world.
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“The room I'm sitting in will have a web space, and I can put all kinds of information on this space and you wear your virtual reality glasses, and then you can see it,” Manski said. “I could have NFT art on my wall; I could have music playing.”
Manski said this enables and decentralizes human creativity and imagination in a way that no one has ever experienced before.
“You can imagine what it'll be like to walk around in a world where there are virtual dragons and people have virtual outfits on—it's gamifying our life, right? As we go through our day, we can play and work and make money and interact and be with our families,” Manski said. “It’s gonna be a totally different human lived experience.”
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