In Ep. 181 of My Metaverse Minute, Kieron explains the possibility of the Metaverse creating a digital divide, an idea that has been widely discussed by experts in the field.
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00:47 – Despite the Metaverse’s ability to create a landscape of inclusivity and enable more participation in economic areas, there will be communities that will be excluded because of the infrastructure.
01:14 – Kieron says that wealthy nations’ infrastructure projects, such as 5G and 6G wireless projects, are ultimately going to support the Metaverse. This infrastructure is as important as the platforms that sit on top of it.
01:29 – Contrastingly, areas that do not have economic access to large infrastructure projects will be excluded from the greater Metaverse, creating a digital divide. Kieron says that the lack of infrastructure across all regions will enable richer economies to leap forward. This leads to larger ideas around the technology’s affordability. He says to level the playing field for all users includes creating technologies that are affordable.
02:51 – Kieron addresses the questions around who will pay for these technologies. He says it is possible to create a global community to participate together to encourage that infrastructure but notes that companies must work together to create solutions that will make these technologies affordable.
03:18 – If platforms want the Metaverse to be a success and as inclusive as possible, Kieron says he thinks they should focus on how to adapt their technologies through cheaper means in order to increase their accessibility.