What is a “snow disaster”? Twitter compares Facebook’s “Metaverse” announcement to a ’90s novel

Twitter users compared the recently launched Metauniverse, a virtual reality social space, to Metauniverse in the 1992 science fiction novel Anti-Utopia. Snow disaster.

On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the parent company Facebook will change its name to “Purpose”.

He said the company will focus on providing a virtual reality social space called Metaverse, which people will access through multifunctional virtual reality glasses. The glasses, which are still under development, will be able to detect physical movements and sounds, as well as reproduce audio while people interact in the visual and virtual online spaces.

The term “Metaverse” was first coined by science fiction writer Neil Stevenson in his 1992 novel. Snow disaster. In Stevenson’s novel, the Metaverse is a shared virtual space that connects all virtual worlds through the Internet and augmented reality. Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes computer-generated images on the user’s perception of the real world.

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Twitter users compared the recently introduced Facebook “Metaverse”, a social space of virtual reality, with a science fiction novel of the 90s called “Snow Crash”. Above, the Facebook logo is displayed in front of the Meta logo on October 28, 2021 in Paris, France.
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In Metaverse Stephenson, users are represented by managed avatars that can appear in almost any form. Users can access the Metaverse through personal equipment or public ports, through which people’s avatars appear in low-quality forms.

Zuckerberg’s metauniverse will also allow people to imagine themselves in the form of an avatar. However, at the opening on Thursday, Zuckerberg’s avatars resembled only real human bodies. As the technology is still being developed, it is unclear how a poor internet connection can affect the appearance of the avatar.

It is worth noting that Stevenson’s novel is a cyberpunk anti-utopia in which the Meta universe offers a dangerous escape from a world captured by the corporate mafia, mercenary defense forces and sovereign communities guarded by armed guards.

In the world Snow disaster, refugees emigrate from countries affected by economic inflation, and the US government has largely relinquished its power to work that has nothing to do with real needs.

The title of Stevenson’s novel refers to a dangerous event in his Metaverse. When a person’s communication in the Metaverse is disrupted by a computer virus, digital drug or hacker attack, it can cause the user to “snow”, effectively damaging his online avatar and damaging the real user’s brain. Stevenson said he took the title of his book from an image of black-and-white statics appearing on a broken TV.

Twitter users noted the similarity between Stevenson and Zuckerberg’s Metaverse.

A Twitter user named Mr. Blaschik: “Is it just me, or did @nealstephenson get * everything * in Snow Crash? Corporate states, the metaverse, all this. Almost 30 years ago … I love a good future anti-utopia novel, but this one is terribly prophetic. ”

It’s just me, isn’t it @nealstephenson to get * everything * right in Snow Crash? Corporate states, the metaverse, all this. Almost 30 years ago…
I love the good anti-utopia novel of the future, but this one is terribly prophetic.

– Mr. Blaschik (@mrblazesix) October 28, 2021

Twitter user Morgon Newquist wrote “Snow Accident is Coming” and included photos from Zuckerberg’s presentation at Metaverse.

Journalist David M. Perry wrote: “The snowstorm # metaworld was part of an extraordinary anti-utopia fueled by an unregulated corporate takeover of all major government functions on a commercial basis!”

THE #METAVERSE IN SNOW CRASH WAS PART OF EXTREME DYSTOPY, JOINT NON-REGULATION OF CORPORATE CONNECTIONS OF ALL MAIN GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS IN COMMERCE!

– David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) October 28, 2021

A user named Seltzer_Cat wrote: “I remember reading that Zuckerberg’s favorite book was Snow Crash, and it’s really weird that he’s just going to spend all his money on recreating an anti-utopia full of homeless people who infiltrate the Metaworld with repositories outside the Pizza Hut enclave.

I remember reading that Zuckerberg’s favorite book was Snow Crash, and it’s really weird that he’s just going to spend all his money recreating an anti-utopia full of homeless people who enter the Meta universe from storage outside the Pizza Hut enclave.

– Seltzer_Cat (@Seltzer_Cat) October 28, 2021

Another Twitter user, Riley, legally wrote, “That’s all I could think of when everyone is discussing Facebook’s new direction. Yes, the future of Snow Crash was an anti-utopia that we should not strive for, even though it is close to having the technology to create it. ”

That’s all I could think of when everyone was discussing Facebook’s new direction.

Yes, the future of Snow Crash was an anti-utopia that we should not strive for, despite the fact that we were close to having the technology to create it. https://t.co/Zy4WBJPSjI

– Riley, Legal (@darkpanictwitch) October 28, 2021

In August, Ming-Liang Tang, CEO of gaming company Razer, said the COVID-19 pandemic had helped bring new people into the famous Metaverse. According to him, as businesses and social spaces close, millions of people spend their time indoors and feel more eager to explore futuristic virtual communities.

Newsweek asked publicist Stevenson for comment.

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