Game and reality become one: But the smart future has a high price

With the MetaLense through The Elder Scrolls 8, the SmartGloves on the digital arch, aimed at the enemy. At the beginning of 2042, the new smart Metaverse contact lens made all consoles and televisions obsolete and changed not only gaming, but our lives. Nowadays everything is smart – and people are transparent.

A little review: When the first SmartLenses came onto the market around 20 years ago, gaming consoles such as the PS5 or the Xbox Series X were still the standard for gamers. Nobody suspected that the small lenses would revolutionize the gaming world. When the two largest SmartLens providers – Google’s parent company Alphabet and the Zuckerberg Group Meta – merged five years ago (2037), a new era began. The new mega-corporation Metabet made consoles obsolete and every person becomes a gamer – with dramatic consequences.

Play, stream, live with the MetaLense

In 2042, the new MetaLense conquered the smart, streaming and gaming market: a contact lens with which you not only check your digital home or order your SmartCars, but also play the latest SmartGames in addition to Netflix streaming. The Elder Scrolls 8 und Battlefield EcoWar appeared directly for the launch of MetaLense, two hype games that boosted MetaLense sales.

Future theme week at GIGA

Yes, this is a post about the year 2042. No, you haven’t made a journey through time. This contribution belongs to the theme week “The Future in 2042” on GIGA, in which we will turn our millennium by 21 years and show you what the tech and gaming world could look like in 2042.

You can find all contributions from this topic week in our special on the year 2042.

You wake up with the MetaLense, go jogging with it and measure your pulse. You order a coffee with her and join the first virtual job meeting in the morning. You shower with her, call your relatives and go shopping with the MetaLense. In the evening you choose a Netflix movie or a SmartGame in the Metaverse. When you close your eyes, the MetaLense monitors your sleep rhythm.

In short: The MetaLense can do everything and connects you to the Metaverse at any time. What we marveled at in science fiction series like Black Mirror a few years ago has long since become reality. Diseases like Parkinson’s can now be detected by your cell phone sensors earlier than ever before. What began as a playful innovation, however, is now showing its downsides.

What else could have happened in 2042, we show you in the special edition of our GIGA headlines:

The transparent person in the Metaverse

As early as 2018, Shoshana Zuboff described a smart home in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” that uses the collected data – GPS signals of the residents, their recorded sport, their sleep rhythm – to the residents of the house, and only to them. They are not recorded by external companies.

SmartHomes in 2042 will work differently, thanks to MetaLense. Just as data was collected via websites, smartphones and apps 20 years ago, the lenses collect your data today, And that 24 hours a day. Everything you do and experience is measurable.

Biometric characteristics, websites visited, name, age, place of residence, favorite Netflix shows and SmartGames and finally GPS data of your whereabouts and movements: All this data taken together gave an almost complete picture of a person as early as 2021. The MetaLense now completes this picture.

Data trading for a predictive stock market

With this data, the MetaLense not only shows us very precisely personalized advertising. Corporations like Metabet sell them to companies and major investors in order to predict the development of share prices, for example. So when and to what extent do people invest in stocks? Which products and services and which pricing can be used to influence consumer and investment behavior?

As early as 1973, the world-famous artist Richard Serra said: “If it’s free, you are the product.“In 2042 this is more true than ever, because for all the free services in the Metaverse, all the apps and tools in your smart home, you are not the customers, no, you are the product. Your data is sold to other customers who capitalize on it in the stock market.

A way out for the transparent man?

Surveillance capitalism has been a household name for years, but international data protection laws have not been able to keep up with the immense technical boom in recent years. Pessimists speak of a “digital incapacitation”, but perhaps the advantages of the MetaLense, the SmartHome and the luxury of SmartGaming should not be ignored either.

The fact is that in the year 2042 the West will live in a smart world. Never before have we been able to immerse ourselves so intensely in virtual realities; still Never before have we been able to experience fantastic worlds like The Elder Scrolls 8 so closely. Despite the obvious advantages, it is time to face this new kind of capitalism – and make sure that laws in the Metaverse protect our data instead of leaving it loose for large companies like Metabet to scan .