Creator of the iPod Tony Fadell Shares Concerns of Zuckerberg’s Metaverse

Tony Fadell Metaverse Concerns

Creator of the iPod Tony Fadell warns of concerns that the metaverse runs the risk of creating more trolls and further damaging human interaction. Fadell provided these comments to BBC News.

Fadell’s Metaverse Concerns

Fadell stated that the virtual reality-based metaverse removes the ability “to look into the other person’s face”. He further stated, “if you put technology between that human connection that’s when the toxicity happens”.

The metaverse is a virtual reality realm where individuals can create avatars of themselves to interact and explore within online worlds. Users will be able to play games but also use the space for work or going to online musical concerts. Virtual reality headsets help users explore digital worlds. To get an idea, similar comparisons can be made to the video game Second Life, or even Habbo Hotel.

Mark Zuckerberg, co-creater and chief executive of Facebook, is investing billions of dollars and hiring thousands of employees to make the metaverse come to life.

Fadell noted that the tech does have merit, but stated, “when you’re trying to make social interaction and social connection, when you can’t look into the other person’s face, you can’t see their eyes you don’t have real humanistic ways of connecting”. Fadell’s concerns are over the anonymous nature of metaverse, in that users can easily hide behind a false identity.

Users that belonged to the early days of the internet may recall the relative ease in which you could hide your identity. While there is still chance to be anonymous in today’s online landscape, it is no longer as easy as simply making a fake email. Fadell’s concerns are that the metaverse could potentially be ripe for trolling.

Investing in Virtual Reality

In addition to Zuckerberg, tech giants Microsoft and Epic Games (Fortnite) are also heavily investing in the metaverse. Sometime this year, Microsoft is looking to add 3D virtual avatars and environments to its Teams chat system.

In an interview with The Verge, Zuckerberg stated that people should not live through “small, glowing rectangles” when experiencing the internet. He further stated, “A lot of the meetings we have today, you’re looking at a grid of faces on a screen. That’s not how we process things either”.

While Fadell made his opinion of the metaverse clear, the creator of the iPod also got to comment about the latest demise of the historic device. Launched 21 years ago, the iPod changed both tech and music landscapes.

Concerning the end of this iconic device, Fadell stated, “I’ve been in the technology business long enough to know the drum beat of technology and the march of technology never ends and so, that was an amazing period of time for the iPod but unfortunately that’s the business we’re in so I’ve got used to that situation”.

Currently, the iPod touch, the last iPod Apple is selling, is officially out of stock through the U.S. store. However, some third-party resellers do have some in stock.


One thought on “Creator of the iPod Tony Fadell Shares Concerns of Zuckerberg’s Metaverse

  • Nick:

    Unless and until we see evidence to the contrary, and given what appears to be Zuckerberg’s head-long plunge into what could be a Metaverse cesspool, we can conclude that MZ remains a committed devotee to the mantra, ‘Move fast and break things’. 

    There are numberless flashing red signals, and countless klaxons a blaring, regarding the potential abuse of this virtual space, with real world consequences to both psychological and potential physical safety, not to mention financial consequence to users and industry alike, and yet few and far-between are any words of detailed and documented reassurance by MZ and Meta on what measures they are taking to mitigate those hazards. 

    One is left to conclude that the financial incentives and benefits for Zuckerberg in creating this space far outweigh any considerations of cost, societal or user-specific, that could apply any brakes to taking a more measured, thoughtful or security optimised approach to product development, never mind privacy. 

    Unless these are addressed, Zuckerberg’s metaverse could make FB look like a snuggly playroom for preschoolers. 

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