Mark Zuckerberg is betting his company on a new idea—but this is a wager he will almost certainly regret.
Mark Zuckerberg said he would never retire from Facebook because it was the best idea he'd ever have in his life.
Meta, his second big idea, proved him right.
Plus, you didn't mention that the Metaverse will almost instantly be taken over by next-level hardcore porn.
The Edsel was ahead of it’s time.
On point. The killer app of VR is immersive edginess. So censorship and surveillance capitalism will make for a dull af virtual reality. I do not see Instagram influencers migrating to Meta's VR regardless of any payment structure or functionality.
Everyone knows Meta is a direct reflection of Mark Zuckerberg's thinking, just like Facebook itself is. We all know his thinking is seriously damaged. So why would we want to immerse ourselves further? We already swim in his reality and it is garbage dope rat surveillance capitalism ... There's just not a viable successor just yet. But it's no wonder kids flee to Bytedance - Zuck is literally less cool than the Chinese Communist Party lol
You seem to harp way too much on how the VR goggles look/have looked. Did you watch the entire presentation? He clearly said the goal was glasses that look like normal ones (like the Ray-Ban collab they currently offer), and elsewhere has noted that he's equally open to AR or VR being the thing that takes off. And AR is not the total immersion that you bash. So it seems you're mostly attacking a straw man here.
The other problem is: you prefer the smartphone-centric world? You think that's going to be what we're using 100 years from now? And if not, then what else besides glasses? Smartwatches? I don't see that - glasses will win because it's the only way forward - there is no competition from any other existent or potential form factor - and no one really loves what we have now. Glasses enable something like the pass-through earphones that are popular now - they are an accessory that can show style but also be useful or relatively unobtrusive depending on the person's needs.
And finally, he also clearly says in the presentation and elsewhere that it's not going to be a Facebook-like platform, but a collaboration. Obviously time will tell what actually happens, but if his stated vision comes to pass, by necessity it's going to require that. So the whole "Zuckerberg is creating something in his own image" point is mute. He's creating - according to him - something that can be whatever the creators involved (which is anyone) want it to be.