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The Roundtable: This is Your Brain on VR

How will our lives—and minds—change when the metaverse becomes as good as the real thing?

A panel of experts joined Roundtable to discuss the future of Web3. In this segment, they discuss virtual reality, the metaverse, and the physiology of the human brain.

Alessandro Patti notes that cutting-edge virtual reality technology is making the metaverse increasingly realistic.

"With the suits, the gloves, the controller, the immersion is absolutely astronomical—you can see and feel these things," he says. "Now, the question is, where do you separate your mind from the synthetic atmosphere and what's real and what are we going to prefer?"

Robert Bell notes that the brain treats virtual reality in the same way as it does physical experiences.

"When you see something and you get that dopamine hit, that's a physiological reaction to an experience that you had. It doesn't matter if you're actually standing physically looking at something, or if you're seeing something through VR." 

"It's irrelevant," he explains, "because you still get that same type of physiological reaction within your body." 

"When the metaverse is augmented and becomes so seamless that you can't really tell a difference between real life and not, that's when we're going to see the paradigm shift really happen."

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Marc LoPresti, Managing Director, Moneta Advisory Partners

Robert Bell, Founder, 2B3D

Alessandro Patti, Serial Entreprenuer

Jesse Crawford, CEO, WE NFT Metaversity