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The metaverse is coming: Should we be more worried?

What is lost in the frenzy over the next big thing is the question of whether it is good for society

Every once in a while, the tech community gets a metaphorical bee in its bonnet, and then tries to convince everyone that this new thing - this latest bee - is the most important bee ever and is about to change everything.

You might have heard some of the previous bees: Theranos, smart glasses, superapps, social audio, cryptocurrency, NFT, etc, etc. Sometimes the bee really does change the world and sometimes the bee just buzzes off after a while leaving the tech world at peace again, ready to get excited about the next Big Bee.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 07, 2021, with the headline The metaverse is coming: Should we be more worried?. Subscribe